The sparkle and dazzle of Diwali charm us all. Candlelights, earthen lamps, homes filled with a sweet smell of delightful sweets, the warmth of families and friends, and the chill of the upcoming winter season, that’s how we celebrate Diwali in India. Diwali – the festival of lights is the biggest festival in India. It is mainly celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world. Every home is glorious with wonderful lanterns on Diwali and the chatter of folks and children ring in the air. Commemorating the victory of good ever evil, it is also an opportunity for people to move on, let go of past grudges, and make merry.
The spectacle of the fireworks is something of a tradition in our festivals. Diwali is also a time when many fire accidents and injuries occur. Some fireworks may be hazardous, if not handled carefully. Playing with fireworks with a carefree attitude could be dangerous and if adults do not supervise such practices are very risky.
Dr. Kiran’s eye hospitals have witnessed many Incidents of eye injuries and even loss of eyesight every year, In fact, eyes are the most commonly affected area during Diwali and the leading cause of these injuries is the lack of safety measures while lighting fireworks. So, here are few safety measures to celebrate Diwali in a safe and healthy manner.
- Maintain a distance of an arm’s length while lighting firecrackers.
- Be at least five meters away while watching the fireworks.
- Use protective eyeglasses while lightening crackers.
- Wear protective footwear while lighting firecrackers.
- Wear cotton and light clothes while bursting crackers.
- Move back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
The most sensitive part of our body is the eye. As the eye is highly exposed, it is the most affected part too. So, it is the right time to be even more important to take off this precious organ. Dr. Kiran’s eye hospital shares a few tips during this Diwali.
- If there is an eye injury, do not rub your eyes.
- If a particle is stuck in your eye, then use a soft corner of a cloth to remove it.
- If there is any chemical that has entered the eyes, irrigate the eyes with water for a few minutes.
- Do not use contact lenses.
- Don’t rub your eyes; Due to the smoke or small particles of the crackers, your eyes may feel itchy.
- If a splinter or something that’s hot and burning gets into your eyes wash with lots of clean water.
- You can apply some ice or cold water if there is any injury.
- In an event of eye injury, use local remedies like turmeric and coconut oil.
- Wash your eyes for 10 minutes with clean water, if there is an eye injury or infection.
- Wash your hands after burning fireworks, as it may affect your eyes.
- Don’t rub your eyes in case of irritation or itchiness.
Even though fireworks are pretty and bright, it is important to follow them to avoid any untoward situation from cropping up. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, and never let children play or ignite fireworks. Let’s be responsible and take care of your environment.