It is the time of year synonymous with new clothes, relatives, fun, food and good times. Diwali, the mere mention of it, takes us all to a special time when it is all about lights, crackers, sweets and the festive spirit.
Nothing dampens the festive spirit faster than the lack of safety though. In the middle of all the festivities, it is easy to lose track of that aspect and here are a few ‘dos and don’ts’ that make the time all the more festive.
* Store crackers away from sources of fire or ignition; also keep them away from the reach of children. .
*Read the instructions and follow all safety precautions instructed with regard to the use of fireworks.
*Burst crackers in open spaces.
*While lighting the crackers, stand at an arm's length, away from the Cracker.
*Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water this way you can avoid people from stepping on to and hurting their feet from used fireworks which are thrown on the ground.
*Keep buckets of water ready for an emergency
*Wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers, as synthetics are prone to burning faster.
*While igniting aerial fireworks like rockets, ensure that they are not facing any opening like a window, door.
*Wear footwear while lighting Diwali crackers so that you do not step on a hot burnt cracker.
*Light only one firework at a time and one person should do it. Others should watch from a safe distance.
*Put your vehicles in a safe place.
*Don't burn crackers in crowded, congested places, narrow lanes, near sources of fire or inside the house.
*Don't let children burst crackers unaccompanied by an adults.
* Never ever light a cracker while holding it in your hand. See to it that you put it down and then ignite it.
*Don't keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it.
*Old people and young children are disturbed by loud noises. Be considerate of others.
*Crackers can cause pollution. Less is often better.
Diwali is about love, compassion and family celebration. May the glow from all the lamps you light wrap the world in their warmth. Season’s greetings and a very safe and happy Diwali to you and yours.