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Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:15:00 GMT

Fire safety measures during Diwali

Statistics show that there is an increase in fire related injuries during Diwali, most of them avoidable. Read on for life-saving precautions.

Fire safety measures during Diwali

Diwali and fire injuries

Now that Diwali is just around the corner, many households have started preparations for, what is perhaps the biggest festival in the country. Each year, the sheer number of accidents and injuries reported during this time act as a dampener to the season's festive spirit. With a little caution and awareness, most of these injuries can be avoided. Here are some of the common preventive measures that can help ensure a safer Diwali.

Precautions before the fireworks start

- Supervision of children is a must. Try not to let little children handle fireworks or indulge in pranks like throwing fireworks around.

- Wearing loose fitted clothes is a recipe for disaster. Dupattas and scarves should be avoided while handling fireworks. Avoid nylon garments and stick to cottons which have a lesser tendency to catch fire.

- Closed shoes are preferable as they protect your feet from a stray spark or from stepping on a recently lit cracker.

- Keep a bucket of water and sand around to douse any unlit crackers.

- Ensure that the crackers are lit in an open ground away from any wiring or obstructions.

- Buy only reputed brands of fireworks and maintain a safe distance while lighting them. Always read the safety instructions on the pack before attempting to light the cracker.

- Always place the cracker on the ground before attempting to light it. Never lean over a cracker to light it.

- Keep a first aid kit handy.

- Many crackers contain toxins and it's better to rinse off your hands, feet and face before you retire for the night.

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