Ensuring a safe Diwali: Celebrate | Illuminate | Be Safe
Diwali is just round the corner, folks!
It’s that time of the year when the festive spirit resonates and ushers in the joy of celebration, life & togetherness. Every place is lit up and the dark moonless sky dazzles with fireworks & becomes a myriad display of glittering hues.
Some quick interesting snippets about the origin of Diwali:
- The festival marks the return of Lord Rama and Sita after completing fourteen years in exile. To honour and rejoice the homecoming of their king, the people of his kingdom lit his path with oil lamps to guide him on his way. Thus, began the tradition of decorating homes and public spaces with earthenware oil lamps (diyas) to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and the five day celebration came to be known as ‘Diwali’ or ‘Deepavali’ which means ‘rows of lights/lamps’.
- However, in the southern parts of India, Diwali (or Deepavali) is celebrated as the day on which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura and brought peace to the lands. According to legends, Narakasura repented in his last moments and requested Mother Earth that his death be celebrated with lights and colours across the lands every year. A wish that was gladly granted!
- In Bengal, the fearsome Goddess Kali is honoured & worshipped on the occasion of Diwali.
- It was the day of Diwali when the establishment stone of the Golden Temple was laid and Diwali is hugely celebrated by the Sikhs in the Golden Temple since the year 1577.
- Diwali, being a celebration of lights, colours likewise play a noteworthy part on this day. Making rangoli is additionally an essential piece of Diwali festivity to invite Goddess Lakshmi to our homes.
However, in our zest to celebrate Diwali in a grand scale, let us not forget our responsibility towards nature – the home for all living beings & life itself.
And our Diwali could be ‘Green’ too!
Let’s brace ourselves for a greener, safer & eco-friendly Diwali this time onwards:
- Avoid using electric lights to illuminate your home or any space. Instead, opt for diyas (earthen lamps) and candles. This saves electricity.
- Limit usage of firecrackers that emit enormous smoke and sound
- Dispose off waste & burnt firecrackers properly after celebrations
- Select eco-friendly gifts and decorating items
- Enjoy community display
Crackers & fireworks are fun but they are dangerous & harmful too!
The poisonous fumes discharged from fire crackers can act as a source of irritation and prolonged exposure may aggravate certain psychiatric conditions as well. Some of the major hazards caused from burning of fire crackers are injury due to burn, fire/explosion, hearing loss due to noise, respiratory disorders, generation of toxic gases in confined area.
Diwali is the time for joy & celebration, not regret!
Here are some basic safety checkpoints to ensure a glittering & safe Diwali for you & your family.
Some quick tips for emergency:
- Always keep the first aid box ready
- In case of shock, switch off the main switch & seek doctor’s help immediately
- In case of burn, place the burnt area under cool running water or a damp cloth can be placed over the injury if not very painful
- Don’t use ice to cool the burns, it causes further damage to tissues
- Remove the clothing from the burn site, remove ornaments like bangles, finger rings, anklets, chains as the area will start to swell after some time making it difficult to remove them
- Take care not to burst the blisters
- If it is a superficial burn, you can apply a soothing ointment over the wound
- If there is an eye injury, immediately wash the eyes with water and call emergency
- If the person inhales smoke and is breathless, move him/her into the fresh air and rush him/her to an emergency