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    Celebrating Diwali: Here are 8 Safety Tips To Follow For You And Your Entire Family

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    While Diwali is a time to rejoice and bond with your loved ones, ensuring their safety is also important. Here are some important tips to help you stay safe during the festival

    Celebrating Diwali: Here are 8 Safety Tips To Follow For You And Your Entire Family

    Diwali, the festival of lights, is the time of the year when there is a palpable sense of merriment in homes, offices, and communities. Associated with lights, rangolis, sparklers, delicious food, and family bonding, the festival is also a time when the safety and security of your family members and your house can be a concern. You must ensure that everyone enjoys the festivities wholeheartedly but also, safely.

    Safety doesn't just mean being careful around diyas and firecrackers. It includes many other factors like keeping homes safe from theft, ensuring the comfort of your elders, shielding children from burns, and guarding pets against the loud sounds resulting from the bursting of crackers. It also entails keeping the environment and streets litter-free and less polluted.

    Take a look at our safety tips. These are absolutely essential for you and your family during the festival of Diwali.

    1. Lamps/diyas: Diwali is the time when our homes are lit with the glow of beautiful earthen lamps. While they bring brightness into our lives, diyas can also lead to fires. So, ensure that you and your family are protected from fire-related accidents.

    What you can do:
    • Make sure you keep the lamps away from curtains and other inflammable objects.
    • Avoid lighting diyas or candles near electrical wiring.
    • Place lamps on the ground or a flat surface so that they stand firm.
    • Keep kids away from diyas, so that they do not accidentally burn themselves.
    • Ensure babies and toddlers do not go near the lit diyas or touch them.
    • Keep doorways clear, so that children don't trip on diyas, fall, and hurt themselves.

    2. Firecrackers: Firecrackers are a big part of Diwali celebrations, especially when you have teenagers and children in the family. However, firecrackers can lead to accidents if not handled properly.

    What you can do:
    • Avoid firecrackers, especially ones that emit a lot of noise.
    • Buy firecrackers from reputed companies and stores to ensure that they are of good quality.
    • Explain to your children that they must burn firecrackers only under adult supervision.
    • Light one firecracker at a time to avoid chaos. Burst the firecracker in open spaces and under open skies.
    • Do not light firecrackers near electric wires or poles.
    • Don't be adventurous around firecrackers and never get too close while igniting them.
    • Keep a bucket of water handy, in case there is an accident.
    • Be alert and take precautions while bursting or watching fireworks. Make sure your children follow suit.

    3. Disposal and littering: Dispose of burnt firecrackers safely. Half-burnt crackers can turn out to be potential hazards. If not disposed of in the right manner, they can also be detrimental to the environment. Stack up used sparklers, fountains, chakris and phuljaris, and put them in a bucket of water before throwing them away. Clean the debris left behind from burnt crackers and get rid of them in an environment-friendly manner.

    Things to keep ready while bursting Diwali firecrackers

    • A first-aid box for minor cuts and burns
    • A bucket of water
    • A fire extinguisher, in case of any emergencies

    4. Noise and smoke pollution: Noise levels during Diwali can be deafening. Even if you are not burning noisy firecrackers, people in your neighborhood may still be doing it. Elders, toddlers, and babies might find the noise unbearable. Babies get startled easily and often resort to crying incessantly. Moreover, sound and smoke can have adverse health effects on them.

    • Limit the use of firecrackers keeping in mind the needs of the elderly, babies, and pets.
    • If someone in the family is allergic to smoke, keep them away from areas where there is a lot of smoke.
    • Keep babies inside the home with all doors and windows closed to minimize the sounds of crackers and the smoke from burning crackers.

    5. Pet safety: Festivals such as Diwali can be traumatic for pets, as they get extremely confused and scared because of the noise.

    What you can do:
    • Keep your pets in the part of the house that is most protected from the outside noise.
    • Prevent your family members or people from the neighborhood from playing pranks on pets or strays by exposing them to crackers.

    6. Clothing: Who does not like to dress up for an occasion like Diwali? Parents tend to dress their children too in the latest trends. However, dressing up in a sensible manner while bursting crackers is important for you.

    What you can do:
    • Avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic materials, as these can catch fire easily.
    • Stick to wearing cotton clothes that are not loose or flowing.
    • Dress up your children in comfortable cotton clothes; try to clothe them fully.
    • Tie your and your children's hair firmly to avoid any mishaps.

    7. Food safety: Diwali is a time for lip-smacking food. However, due to the spike in demand during festivals, there may be a decline in the quality of food sold.

    What you can do:
    • Buy sweets and other special items from reputed stores and shops that take care to maintain quality.
    • Ensure that everyone, especially children, wash their hands before eating or touching any food.
    • Avoid street food as much as possible. Always keep your food covered.

    8. Environment safety: Celebrating Diwali always takes a toll on our environment. The smoke from burning firecrackers causes air pollution and can pose health hazards to humans and animals.

    What you can do:
    • Keep the decibel level in check while bursting crackers. Try to choose firecrackers that do not emit too much sound or noise.
    • Dispose of wrappers and used crackers properly.
    • Make sure your potted plants are taken care of and not trampled upon during Diwali celebrations.
    • Sensitize your children about environmental safety. This is crucial for the long-term in order to safeguard the environment and our habitat.

    Diwali is a time for light, love, and laughter. It is when families get together and unite in celebration. Be mindful, be joyful, and enjoy a truly beautiful Diwali with your family and loved ones.

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