India's most celebrated festival, Diwali, the festival of lights has arrived in all its glory. The festivities of this occasion span over five days with the Amavasya Tithi or New Moon Day. Traditionally referred to as Deepavali or row of- lamps, Hindus eagerly look forward to it as the festival of lights becomes a perfect occasion for family get-togethers, feasts, and gorging on savories.
Besides gala celebrations, it has a great historic significance since it marks Shri Ram's homecoming after fourteen years in exile. Legend has it that in Treta Yug, Shri Ram eliminated Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka on Dashami, the tenth day during the waxing phase-the phase when the moon gets bigger, of the Lunar cycle in the Hindu month of Ashwin, a day is popularly known as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami. And after triumphing over the demon king, Shri Ram took about 20 days to return to his kingdom, Ayodhya.
As we all are set to light Deepams, wear new clothes, gorge on mithai, and burst crackers to make the festival super special the safety aspect of during this time is something that needs attention. Amid all frenzy, even the slightest of carelessness can be dangerous and even fatal. Unattended children burning fireworks have been the major cause of accidents caused during Diwali. As we know that lighting Diyas and burning fireworks is what every Hindu household will follow, delving into small simple safety aspects will go a long way in ensuring a hassle-free Diwali. Follow these small measures for a safe environment.
- Keep flammable objects away from upholstery and electrical wires. Limit usage of firecrackers that emit enormous smoke and sound
- Dispose of the burnt crackers in a bucket of water before throwing them away. Never try to re-ignite the fireworks that don't light in the first instance
- Do not get exposed to direct smoke, as it may lead to a choking effect. Stay away and cover your nose and mouth
- Dress up comfortably is more important as a lot of flammable objects surround it specifically on this occasion
- Avoid wearing synthetic clothes as they can catch fire easily. Wear cotton clothes that are not very flowy or loose ended
- Dress your kids in comfortable clothes and tie their hair to avoid mishaps
We all know that no Diwali is complete without lip-smacking delicacies, but during this time the quality of food may be compromised. Buy food and sweets from reputed shops that ensure quality. Ensure you and your kids wash their hands before eating food. Last but not the least, to make this Diwali a healthy happy, and safe one, here are a few things that you can keep handy to be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies.
This item in the first aid box tops the list. A quick application of any disinfectant will ensure the elimination of harmful microbes.
This goes a long way in soothing the pain and keeping the affected body part safe from getting infected.
Some wounds need to be covered and not left open. Here is when gauze comes in handy. Keep enough stock of this item.
Cotton is an all-time savior. Covering the wound with cotton after applying disinfectant wards off unnecessary pathogens as it is soft, absorbent, and hypoallergenic.
Topical Antiseptic For Burns
With so many fireworks around, first or even second-degree burns tend to occur. For immediate relief from a burn injury, a specific antiseptic is a must.
Pain relievers to cure headaches and body aches which may follow post-noise should also be added to the kit.
Keep one in the kit as it may help your loved ones or someone else who may need it and gets a sudden asthma attack.