This time though most of us are home, the festival of lights, may not be celebrated like we usually do. But it’s a day to rejoice despite the fact that the whole world is reeling with a pandemic. It’s still a day to bring in a lot of positivity and hope in our homes and a celebration of good over evil.
While we may or may not burst crackers this time, it’s critical to take into consideration the fire safety aspects of our homes as we celebrate by lighting diyas and candles all around the house. Fire safety, that we normally put it to the back burner, but these simple tips would help you stay safe.
Here are some quick tips to note
Lighting diyas/ candles
- While lighting diyas avoid wearing loose clothes, tuck in your shirt with long sleeves. If you are wearing a saree or dupatta, make sure the ends are tucked in. Do not wear long flowy clothes and synthetic material.
- Make sure that the candle/ diya is placed on a sturdy surface and not placed near curtains or other materials that can catch fire.
- Also, avoid lighting the candles or diya near electrical wires.
- Make sure diyas/ candles are not placed near containers that have alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Never leave your house or lock the house while you have lit candles/ diyas inside the house. Never leave an open flame unattended.
Kids fire safety
- Make sure all the lighters and matches are away from kids’ reach
- Keep the doorways clean and clutter-free so that the kids do not trip and fall down on diyas.
- Educate your kids about fire safety
Kitchen fire safety
- Do not leave cooking unattended. Make sure an adult is always there to supervise the cooking
- If there is a grease fire/ if a pan catches fire, close the pan with a metal lid and turn off the stove. Never add water to a grease fire.
- Make sure you have first aid kits for accidental burn injuries.
Though firecrackers are banned in most of the states, here are some tips that can help people who live in states where firecrackers are not banned.
- Always buy branded firecrackers from licensed shops that are regulated by the government
- Store crackers in a safe place.
- Keep a bucket of sand and water near the place where you are bursting crackers
- Always wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers, as clothes made of silk, nylon or polyester can catch fire easily
- Burst crackers in an open area and never indoors
- Avoid alcohol while bursting crackers.