Diwali/Deepawali Safety Tips for Your Children
Diwali/Deepawali is one of the most popularly celebrated festivals in India. This festival of lights is full of vibrancy and fun. The time when we were kids, Diwali was an exciting festival and now it’s the same for our children too! Sweets, new clothes, and vibrant and colorful crackers make this festival worth waiting for throughout the year, so make it safe and memorable!
On the other side, Diwali is also the time when many fire accidents and injuries occur. Hence, parents must take safety precautions during Diwali and follow them meticulously.
Safety Tips for Diwali:
The most common cause of accidents during Diwali is due to mishandling of fireworks. Parents need to know the various types of fireworks and the safety precautions to be followed while lighting them to ensure that the children follow them to have a happy and safe Diwali.
You should know what type of fireworks is suitable for your child’s age. Never allow children to handle fireworks without close supervision of adults.
Even the most simple sparklers and flowerpots can cause serious injury if basic safety measures are ignored.
One of the important safety measures is to keep water as well as sand nearby. Make sure that water is there in a bucket and a good amount of sand is placed near the location where kids burn firecrackers. You also should explain to the kids about measures to be taken if the fire happens accidentally.
A fun-filled Diwali celebration should have these simple “Do’s and Don’ts”.
Always keep buckets of water and blankets ready near the place of celebration, in case of an accident.
- Always keep the fireworks in a closed safety box.
- Store crackers away from sources of fire.
- Keep crackers away from toddlers and babies.
- Burst crackers only in open spaces, like playgrounds and fields.
- While lighting ‘rockets’, ensure that they face upward and do not face an open window, door or road.
- Light the crackers from an arm’s length distance and not any closer.
- Keep a first aid kit handy when bursting firecrackers to treat minor injuries at home.
- Make sure that kids are wearing appropriate footwear while lighting fireworks.
- Make your kids wear light and fitting cotton clothes while bursting crackers.
- Make sure that you wash your hands before eating after firing crackers.
- Animals are sensitive to the noise produced by firecrackers. Keep your pets indoors to avoid problems.
Don’t burn fireworks and crackers in crowded places, narrow lanes, near fuel and flammable materials or inside the house.
- Don’t let your kids burst crackers in your absence.
- Don’t keep fireworks in pockets or bags.
- Do not examine crackers that were lit but did not burst. Let it go and light a new one.
- Don’t light crackers while holding them in your hands. Always keep a safe distance from the cracker while lighting.
- Avoid loose clothes as they can catch fire quickly. Do not wear clothes made of silk and synthetic material.
- Do not keep lit diyas or candles near curtains or inflammable materials.
- Do not light multiple firecrackers at once as it can lead to an accident.
- Do not use matches or lighters to light up the crackers.
- Do not give your younger children crackers that can explode, instead let them light sparklers and other gentler and safer fireworks.
Ensure a happy time with these few precautionary measures. Or better still, you can also consider going for an eco-friendly Diwali with no crackers, to teach your kids that the festive season can be fun and environment-friendly too!