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It is the month of November and the whole country is gearing up for the biggest festival of the year - Diwali, the festival of lights.
Diwali is celebrated all across the country with a lot of enthusiasm and fanfare. Friends and families get together to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes. It is also a bonding time for everyone over card parties.
Apart from the grown-ups, kids too love Diwali. It is that time for them when they get to meet all their cousins from their extended family and enjoy the vacations.
They get to gorge on tons of sweets and can also get away with most of the things. Another thing that kids eagerly await to do during Diwali is bursting fire crackers.
Fire crackers have long been associated with Diwali. So much so that whenever there is a mention of the festival, the first thing that comes to our minds is a sky full of firecrackers.
Like all other Diwali customs and traditions, firecrackers too have their own significance. The loud noise is said to send a message to the lords above about abundant state of humans. It is also considered as a way to thank the gods for their blessings for health, wealth and happiness.
Fire crackers are enjoyed by children and adults alike. However, they are extremely dangerous if not handled with care. There is a steady increase in injuries related to fire crackers.
Often children are left unsupervised while playing with crackers and this results in injuries. Extreme caution has to be taken while bursting fire crackers. Children should be advised to burst them only under the supervision of adults.
As fire is involved in bursting the fire crackers, there are a lot of burn injuries reported during that time. Among all the casualties reported, eye injuries are on top of the list.
Fire crackers are highly combustive. While bursting the crackers, people tend to direct their bodies away from the crackers but fail to keep their face at a safe distance. This is the reason why eye injuries are common.
Eye injuries while bursting fire crackers may lead to temporary, sometimes, permanent damage to the eyes. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to take care while enjoying the festivities.
Best Ways To Prevent Eye Injuries During Diwali
1) Always protect your eyes by wearing goggles while bursting crackers. This will prevent direct damage to eyes.
2) Never leave children unattended during the bursting. Make sure at least one of the adults is always there around. This will lessen the chances of injuries.
3) It is advisable to keep your face away while lighting the fire crackers.
4) Always light the fire crackers away from inflammable substances and in the open air.
5) People who regularly wear contact lenses should avoid them during this time as the smoke and dust may irritate the eyes.
6) Keep a first aid kit handy in case of emergencies. Also keeping a bucket of water nearby may help in case of accidental fire.
7) It is better to avoid highly combustible crackers as more heat the crackers require, the more chances of burn injuries.
In any unfortunate event where there is an eye injury, here is what you can do-
1) First step is to wash the hands and the wounded eye properly with clean water. This will remove any chemical residue. It is important not to panic and keep cool.
2) Never rub the injured eye.
3) Do not apply any cream or ointment to the injury.
4) Do not bandage the wound. If it is bleeding keep a cotton pad and rush to your nearest doctor.
Have a safe, clean and happy Diwali.