Here are a few tips to reduce the chance of your child having a firecracker injury:
- Did you know that most injuries are caused by 2 types of firecrackers, the rocket and the 'anaar'? Avoid the use of the these 2 crackers
- Never, ever leave children unsupervised when they are playing with crackers.
Do not light fireworks inside your home.
- Buy good quality licensed fireworks of reputable vendors. Follow the instructions on the label while lighting them.
- Before you start the evening, fill a couple of buckets of water in case the untoward happens.
- Wear cotton clothes only while playing with crackers, keep the silk and satin for the pooja!
- Close-fitting clothes of thick material are a safer bet than loose or flowing garments.
- Do not allow your kids to keep fireworks in their pockets.
- Store crackers away from candles, diyas, fire or heat sources.
- Light one firework at a time.
- Do not relight crackers that haven't burst. Soak the 'dead' crackers in a bucket of water.
- Do not let kids play with used crackers or the previous year's crackers.
- Don't hold the firecrackers while lighting them.
- Instruct your kids to light 'anaar' and 'rockets' from the side without bending over them and quickly moving away before they burst.
- Hold sparklers away from the body.
- Prevent your kids from engaging in dangerous pranks like lighting crackers on their palms, throwing sparklers at each other or making fireworks themselves.
- Burn loud and noisy crackers away from infants and small children.
- Get your kids to invite their friends over and burst fireworks together. Hire a professional to organize a 'group' celebration. Not only can you prettier firecrackers but a safer Diwali too!
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