Friday, 19 October 2012

Tips do's and don'ts for a safe Deepavali

Following are some tips, the do's and don'ts, for a safe Deepavali from

The Do's:

·   Before bursting fire crackers look for an open space and ensure there are no combustible and inflammatory things around. If so remove them at once
·        Always buy fireworks from licensed and reliable sellers
·        Keep small children away from the bursting area
·        Use a sparkler, agarbatti (incense stick) or a long fire wood to light a cracker as they keep you at a safe distance and do not possess a naked flame
·        Read the label on the crackers and follow the instructions carefully
·   While igniting aerial fire works like rockets ensure that they are not facing any opening like an open window, door or an open building which may cause fire accidents
·        Keep fireworks stock away while lighting a particular firework
·        Wear footwear while lighting fireworks
·        Keep a bucket full of water handy
·        Be prepared for emergency
·        Organize a community display of fireworks rather than individuals handling crackers
·    Keep first aid and buckets of water handy. In the event of fire, extinguish flame by pouring water from the buckets. Every major fire is small when it starts
·    Light only one firework at a time, by one person. Others should watch from a safe distance
·        In case of burns, pour large quantity of water on the affected area
·        In case of major burns, after extinguishing the fire, remove all smouldering clothes. Wrap the victim in a clean bed sheet
·        The patient should be taken to a burns specialist or a major hospital. Don’t panic
·        In case of eye burns, wash the eye with tap water for 10 minutes and take the victim to a hospital


The Don'ts:

·        Do not wear nylon clothes. Prefer cottons while bursting crackers
·    Strictly avoid using matches and lighters for bursting crackers as they have open flames that can be dangerous
·  Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires
·        Never ever leave a lit match, agarbatti (incense stick) or sparkler near unused crackers
·        Never experiment with crackers or make your own fire works
·        Avoid bursting fire works on roads
·        Never ever light a cracker in your hand. See to it that you put it down and ignite it
·        Don't keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it
·        Do not throw fireworks at people
·        Never give any firework item to small children
·        Never try to burst crackers indoors or from inside a vehicle
·        Do not have fireworks in your pocket while igniting another
·        Do not tend to burst crackers when someone else is trying to ignite one
·        When crackers take time or do not ignite immediately, do not indulge in trying to burst them. Rush to a safe place immediately. Throw some water to diffuse them
·        Never try to light used fireworks
·        Do not ignite fireworks in any container
·        Do not approach immediately the misfired fireworks
·        Do not tamper with misfired fireworks
·        Do not wear loose, hanging clothes. Secure all clothes properly
·         Do not apply any cream or ointment or oil on burnt area

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