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Tips for safe Diwali from fire and safety expert
Published on 25 Oct. 2008 12:16 AM IST
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Following are some tips - the do’s and don’ts - for a safe Diwali from Arun Khazanchi, who is president of the Fire and Safety Association of India: 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 fire works 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 fire works at people - Never give any firework item to small children - Never try to burst crackers indoors or from inside a vehicle - Do not have fire works in your pocket while igniting another - Do not tend to burst crackers when some one 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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