Diwali is the festival of lights but it could also turn dark if you do not take proper care. So, it is always better to take preventive measures and have proper knowledge of first-aid.
By Kavitha Ravi
Ram and Shyam are identical twins. However, Ram is the daring of the two while Shyam is regarded as the timid and docile one. One Diwali, they were bursting crackers. Ram, who considered himself to be the braver one, was bursting crackers without any regard for safety while Shyam was taking his time bursting the bombs.
Unfortunately, Ram's overconfidence led to his undoing. He tried one too many of his tricks. While lighting a bomb, Ram held the bomb in his hands. He thought he would light the bomb and throw it but while lighting it, the bomb burst. Ram's hand got burnt in the process while Shyam escaped unhurt.
A number of injuries are waiting to happen during Diwali. It could range from small burns to eye injuries to even severe burns, which can be life-threatening. Children are at most risk due to their curious nature.
Before you start administering medication and first-aid after an accident, it is better to examine the extent of the injuries first. Some injuries can be treated at home before going to the hospital while others will need immediate attention from medical professionals. However, in both cases, you can administer first-aid if you are able to figure out the extent of the injuries and work accordingly.
Here are some injuries that are common during Diwali and how to take care of them.
A common injury during Diwali is that of the eye. With crackers and rockets being lit, you need to be extra careful. An eye injury occurs when your eyes are continually exposed to bright lights, when a piece of the cracker hits your eye and when smoke from the lit crackers enter your eyes. If such an injury occurs, you should immediately flush your eyes with cool water. Ice cubes should be strictly avoided.
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Minor burns are characterized by are small and red burns with a blister or two forming on them. These burns occur when your hands come into contact with sparklers, flames from lit crackers, matchsticks or even candles.
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Diwali is a time to have fun and burst crackers. Learn how to have a safe Diwali by going through the below video that teaches ways to burn different crackers.
Major burns occur when the flames from crackers or lit sparklers cause extensive damage to the exposed part of the skin. In most cases, it causes severe pain, swelling and irritation. Immediate first aid needs to be administered after which, you should take the victim to the hospital immediately.
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Teaching children the basics of first-aid can go a long way in helping them care for themselves and others in case of an emergency. Go through this article that provides tips and tricks to teach children first-aid.
Diwali is a great festival to celebrate. Even as the courts have banned the use of crackers in many places across the country, we continue to enjoy Diwali. However, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some important do's and don'ts that you should always follow.
While we take immense care when it comes to gifts and the other trappings of festivity, we must show the same amount of care when it comes to safety. It is better to be safe than sorry. One way to do this is to wear protective clothing.
It is advisable to wear light long-sleeved cotton clothes and closed footwear. Loose garments is a strict no-no as they can easily catch fire. Along with these, long hair should be tied up and protective glasses can be worn.
Fireworks are dangerous, it is a known fact. Let them add to the celebrations and not become the cause of a disaster. That said, have a safe and prosperous holiday season!
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