Celebrate Diwali with safety: expert doctors

Celebrate Diwali with safety: expert doctors

Kolkata, Nov 6: Diwali is the grandest of all festivals when all Indians come together to celebrate their oneness and unity.

This festival of light jazz up everything and everyone around,but it comes with a bit of worry as well because of woes like fire injury, air pollution and sound pollution. However, without dulling the festive joy one can always opt for celebrating it in a healthy way.

Dr. Ranjan Kumar Das, Department of Respiratory Medicine, CK Birla Hospitals – CMRI, stated, “No matter what prevention is the key! Restrict your exposure to fumes of fire crackers as they are harmful for patients suffering from pulmonary diseases and asthma. Adult must supervise young children while bursting crackers to minimize careless injuries.”

He said newborn babies and elderly should stay away from harmful fumes. They must keep doors and windows completely shut during those hours. In any case, if they have to be part of the celebration then wearing mask will reduce the risk. Asthma patients should keep their inhaler handy while pulmonary patients must refill their medications on time.

For minimizing noise, ear plugs can be used or better shutting of doors and windows on time will keep away the excessive noise.

Emission left from crackers contain carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and different carcinogens seem to stay in the air for few days after Diwali. Avoid your early morning run and walk for few days post-Diwali.

In the surrounding areas of Delhi, winters see a lot crop residue burning which creates choking smog soaring the air pollution level. It is best to avoid going outside during those days as inhaling that poor-quality air causes adverse effect on health, Dr Das added.

Dr. Anupam Golash, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, CK Birla Hospitals – CMRI, advices, “Don’t buy locally made poor quality fire crackers which tend to burst easily. Always choose high quality product and never try to re-ignite fused fire crackers which burst suddenly causing injury.”

Remember to keep a bucket of water nearby when burning crackers in case of unwanted accidents, he said.

In case of eye injury with crackers, wash your eyes and face thoroughly. Wash your hands before splashing water on the face. Do not rub, touch or scratch your eyes. Seek immediate medical help.

Diwali would be best celebrated by going green. If you want to light firecrackers, buy very small quantity of bio-degradable fire crackers.

While lighting fireworks, always keep it away from the face, hair and clothing. Don’t wear synthetic clothes or long sleeves loose clothing as they are easy to catch fire.

Be careful while lighting diyas and candles as loose fitted clothing, sarees, dupattas often tend to catch fire from them.

Stock up fresh sweets, fruits and eateries from reputed shops or better prepare them at home for healthy consumption.

If there is a fire injury, then don’t put tooth paste on the burn as the sticky layer is harmful for skin. Instead, immediately wash the burned area thoroughly with cold water and put soframycin on it. Seek immediate medical help if needed.

Keep fire crackers away from indoors and clean up the outside area after you light them. Don’t throw away half-burned fire crackers without completely putting them out, Dr Golash advised.

With festive spirit at its all-time high we must be more careful to safeguard our as well as loved ones’ safety. Ensuring that the festivities do not leave any scar behind, we must show caution towards ourselves and our environment, so that the next generation can celebrate Diwali more brighter and healthier than before. It is important to follow the basic safety guidelines to avoid any untoward situation from cropping up, he added. (UNI)