Diwali Safety Tips to Ensure Safe Diwali Celebration!
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Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals amongst all festivals of India. Full of vibrancy, this festival of lights brings fun and harmony. When I was a child, Diwali was an exciting time, and it’s the same for our little ones as well! Sweets, new clothing, and lovely crackers make it worth waiting for this festival all year long, but only if you stay safe!
Diwali is celebrated on a no moon night of the Hindu month “Ashwin” which generally comes in the months of October or November. The name Diwali means “the lines of diyas ( lamps )” that were lightened to celebrate the return of Lord Rama, after the victory over Ravana. Diwali also means “lines of lights” symbolizing the victory of light over dark.
Diwali involves lightening up every corner of your home and decoration using diyas, candles, rangolis, LED string lights, and burning firecrackers in the evening. However, in order to celebrate this festival with happiness and joy, it is important to observe Diwali safety tips. The Diwali festival should not become an unpleasant memory for you, your family, friends or your neighbours. Here we have given some safety tips for Diwali that you can follow and make your Diwali safe and joyous. Keep reading till the end, and you will get to know how to celebrate safe Diwali.
Diwali Safety Tips
01. Buying & Storing Firecrackers Properly to Celebrate Diwali Safely
You should always buy firecrackers from licensed seller and firecrackers should be of reliable source. Store firecrackers in a closed box in a cool and dry place, away from sources of fire and from reach of children. Never put fireworks in bags or pockets.
02. Placement of Diyas & Diwali Candles
Diyas and Diwali candles are a major part of Diwali decoration. While decorating your home, make sure diyas and Diwali candles are not placed near curtains or near clothes, where there are chances of catching fire. Also, you should not place diyas or Diwali candles directly on wooden surfaces; keep them on a firm and hard surface. You should also check that diyas and Diwali candles are not kept near electrical wirings or near electrical sockets. When you decorate your front porch, make sure diyas are placed such that there is enough space available for movement. Also make sure that they are not an obstruction in movement and of course out of reach of children, babies, pets and from parked vehicles.
03. Safety with LED String Lights
Nowadays, people are using LED string lights for indoor as well as outdoor Diwali decoration. While decorating your home with LED string lights, make sure it is of good quality and it is kept far from fire sources and from the reach of children. When you install LED string lights or any form of Diwali decoration which uses electricity, hire professional electrician if you do not have expertise, to prevent electrical hazards.
04. Keep Fire Extinguisher Ready to Make Your Diwali Safe!
You should keep a small fire extinguisher ready in the house, which should accessible to everyone in case of emergency, if you can afford it. Otherwise, always keep a bucket of water or sand ready, which can be used in case of fire emergency during playing or firing crackers particularly.
To know how fire extinguisher can help you in case of fire, read this blog.
05. Light Firecrackers Outside Your Home & Have a Safe Diwali!
This is one of the most important Diwali safety tips, that you should always light firecrackers outside the house. Do not let children ignite firecrackers inside the house as it may cause some serious damage in the house.
06. Prepare Your Backyard for Diwali
As Diwali is approaching near, you should cut the grass of your backyard, before igniting firecrackers. Also, if there is small grass, you should water it regularly as dry grass catches fire easily. Remove dry leaves from the backyard. In rural areas, proper care must be taken that children are firing crackers away from dry agricultural waste. Agricultural waste emits methane gas which is combustible and catches fire easily.
Apart from backyard cleaning, house cleaning is also essential during Diwali. We have written an article for Diwali cleaning. Check it out.
07. Discarding Used Firecrackers
You should discard used firecrackers by putting them in a bucket of water for 15-20 minutes and then throw them in dustbin. You can also put sand on used firecrackers to lower the heat.
08. Clothes and Shoes for Safe Diwali Celebration
It is strictly recommended to wear cotton clothes when bursting crackers to prevent the clothes catching on fire. Since they catch fire quickly, you mustn’t wear synthetic or nylon clothes. You must also ensure that you wear protected shoes in order to avoid any damage to your feet. With dupattas and long sarees, be careful as these might brush against lamps or candles. Dress up your kids in comfortable cotton clothes, which must be not too flowy or too loose.
09. Be Sensitive towards other as well, while Celebrating Diwali
As you are aware of fact that crackers are responsible for noise and air pollution, so avoid bursting crackers near places like hospitals or at crowded public places. Keep in mind that your celebration should not be a source of suffering for anyone.
10. Supervise & Instruct Your Children for Diwali Safety
Safety during Diwali for kids is most important than any other safety measures. A very significant safety tip for kids during Diwali is to make sure that your kids play with crackers under adult supervision only. You must warn your children about the use of firecrackers and about correct ways to dispose them. Never encourage any minor to play alone with crackers.
11. Keep First Aid Kit Handy & Celebrate Diwali Safely!
Do not forget to keep a first aid kit handy while bursting crackers. So, you can get urgent first hand medical attention in case of burns or injuries.
12. Pet’s Safety during Diwali Celebration
Because of so much noise around due to crackers, pets can experience a difficult time. Hence, it is advised to keep your pets away from crackers.
If you are interested in knowing how to make a pet-friendly home, do check Gharpedia’s article.
13. Keep Emergency Numbers Ready in Case of Any Emergency
In the event of any emergency, make sure you have the emergency numbers noted down i.e. hospitals, fire department, police station, etc.
14. Diwali Safety Tips for Infants & Elders
The noise pollution and intense smoke can adversely affect the elders, pregnant women as well as infants. Try to stay indoors as long as possible. Avoid congested and pollution-rich areas. If required, wear earplugs.
15. Safety Precautions during Diwali while Bursting Crackers
Look for an open area before bursting firecrackers and ensure that there are no fuel and inflammatory stuff around. If so, remove them immediately. Use agarbatti (incense stick), sparkler, or a long firewood to burst a cracker as they help you to keep you at a safe distance and additionally do not hold a naked flame. Never use matches or lighters. Do not leave a lit match, agarbatti (incense stick) or sparkler near unused fireworks. Follow the directions on the box of crackers and follow all precautions for safety.
Never burn crackers and fireworks in crowded areas, in narrow streets, near springs of fire, or indoors. Do not test crackers that have been lit but have not bursted. Forget it and light a fresh one. Never burn many firecrackers at once as it may lead to an accident.
Do not play with firecrackers or make crackers on your own. Do not burst crackers on highways, near electric wires and poles. Never try to burn cracker when holding them in your hand. While lighting firecrackers, always maintain a safe distance from the cracker. Always maintain a distance of an arm’s length while burning firecrackers, and at least five meters while watching. If a fire breaks out, keep buckets of water, sand and blankets ready.
Furthermore, it’s our responsibility to keep our planet green and clean. For green Diwali, you can use green crackers developed by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) lab. According to ‘Press Information Bureau’, CSIR labs have developed environment-friendly fireworks such as sound-emitting crackers, flowerpots, pencils, chakkar and sparklers.
To sum up, spread these Diwali safety tips amongst all the people around you, and celebrate Diwali safely. Take all necessary precautions during Diwali and make your celebration safe and joyful.
Have a safe Diwali!
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