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Tips for a safe and healthy Diwali

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Diwali, the festival of lights is around the corner. Given that this is one of the biggest festivals in India, it is restricted to being celebrated as a low key event because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most people have decided to avoid firecrackers altogether for the betterment of the surroundings.

Also, the state government of various states in India have asked people to avoid burning crackers as it is an eco-friendly initiative. There are still several doubts regarding the precautions that have to be considered in case of the Covid pandemic. Medical experts have also supported the initiative, as it will help people. 

No doubt that the pandemic has restrained the vibe and spirit of the Diwali festival, but you can still enjoy this with considered tips. 

Here are a few tips for you to celebrate a safe and serene Diwali:

Remember to wear your mask when outside.

Although it is a joyful season where you would love to be carefree with friends and family, you need to be responsible and follow precautions. The pandemic has made wearing masks a necessity when you are outside. Hence, do not forget to put on a facemask every time you step out of your house. Make sure your nose and mouth are covered properly. 

One should prefer staying indoors during Diwali as it is the safest way to get through enjoying it. There is no proven data whether the Covid-19 virus defends itself or increases in the presence of smoke. Nevertheless, smoke emitted from vehicles, cigarettes, and crackers can cause health issues to patients living with respiratory problems and even to the ones who are not.

Make sure that the elders are indoors.

The elders should stay inside your houses to avoid the increasing temperatures outside caused by the crackers. The smoke and the noise can affect them, so they should stay in a safe space. Avoid large gatherings; instead, you can meet them virtually. This way, you can stay safe.  

Dont use sanitiser before lighting diyas or candles.

Sanitisers are inflammable and can lead to fire accidents. Abstain from applying hand sanitisers that are alcohol-based before igniting diyas or candles. We suggest that you rinse your hands with soap and water before doing anything that involves fire and oil.

Avoid Lighting Firecrackers.

Say no to crackers and also avoid burning any kind of waste that can cause smoke. The smoke can trigger health issues amid the pandemic and cause serious health concerns. Especially, avoid burning up the dry leaves in a garden; bonfires can develop a lot of smoke. 

The fumes have harmful chemical vapours. The fireworks may worsen allergic reactions due to the carbon particles entering the lungs. The vapour particles can easily stick to your nostrils increasing allergies, asthma attacks and bronchitis. Lung problems can affect your immune system and weaken it. This might be a problem because the Covid cases may increase, and you need to make sure you are safe and healthy. 

Place the sanitisers away from the firecrackers.

Now, sanitiser containers are familiar in every household, and people have started keeping them at a reachable distance during the Covid-19 pandemic. But, considering most of the sanitisers are alcohol-based, they can quickly catch fire. Hence, place your sanitiser bottles far away in a safe spot.

Always have a bucket of water nearby. 

Carrying sanitisers can be harmful as they are alcohol-based; you may consider taking water and handwashes. They are more reliable, and you can quickly wash your hands anywhere without the risk of catching fire.

Maintain a reasonable distance from the crackers.

Always maintain distance from the firecrackers when you are about to light them. Make sure you move away from it after you ignite it so that you are safe. If you dont maintain enough distance, the cracker might burst up close to you and cause you several injuries. Do not use matchsticks to light the crackers. 

Adapt to the new way of greeting others.

Fist bumps and the traditional Namaste have become the best ways of greeting people during this pandemic. We recommend you to stay indoors and maintain social distance from others. 

Avoid eating food outside. 

There is no indication that Covid-19 can be transferred through cooked food; we recommend that you avoid eating outdoors during the joyful festive season. Not just because of the danger of Covid-19, but because food from outside can cause other stomach diseases that can affect your immunity and health. Furthermore, there is nothing more enjoyable than a home-cooked, traditional feast at a festival.

Do’s and Don’ts this Diwali 

 Do’s

  • Make sure to light fireworks in an open space.
  • Place crackers like flower pots and chakras on a level surface while firing them.
  • Maintain a reasonable distance from fireworks.
  • Always keep a water bucket, sand and first-aid kit near you.
  • Light one cracker at one time, do not pile them up.
  • Have elders around while you light the fireworks.
  • Light rockets and alike fireworks on the ground or top of a building terrace.
  • Get rid of all flammable materials near you while igniting fireworks.
  • Avoid wearing silk or synthetic clothes while lighting crackers.
  • Open slippers can let the feet burn so, wear good shoes.

Don’ts

  • Do not fire the rocket before setting it in a container or bottle.
  • Do not light crackers under trees or electric wires.
  • Do not go after and check the fireworks if they are burning or not, as they can cause a lot of damage if still lit.
  • Do not attempt to light used fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with fusing two strange fireworks, and do not try to put together your own fireworks at home.
  • Do not launch the burning fireworks in the space that can cause mishaps.
  • Do not dress in silk, nylon and synthetic clothes while igniting crackers.
  • Light crackers from a fair distance, and not with matches.
  • Do not keep any firecracker or flammable material in your pockets.
  • Do not fire burning fireworks at other pets/trees/people/buildings.
  • Never risk lightning fireworks inside your house.

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