Posted on October 13th, 2009 by Prem
It is that time of the year again when we celebrate our festival Diwali or the festival of lights. Diwali or Deepavali for the southies, if not celebrated in the right spirit and manner, may result in serious injuries and I have first hand account of the same. Let me tell you what happened.
When I was 10 or 11, after the celebrations on the next day, we kids use to gather all the unbroken crackers from the ground, cut open the same and collect the chemical deposits. This chemical powder will be rolled up in a paper and lit to light up like a flower pot.
So, we were having this adventure and my neighbour Anil lit the paper ball filled with the chemical powder. I think the paper was wet or something, he just blew some air and boom, the entire fireball was on his face. He had a burnt face for a month and the beating we all got at our homes is nothing compared to the pain what he had to go through for a month.
Another stuff we did, but I won’t let my son do is bursting crackers with an empty tin on top of it.
It is natural for us to be mischievous when we are kids but as parents it is our duty to tell the kids of the danger in such mischief’s.
Here are some general guidelines for a safe and happy Diwali.
- Store the fireworks to be used at a safer place. Not near burning diyas. Don’t carry them in your pocket either.
- Use fireworks only in the outdoors and in open.
- Always use a long Agarbathi/ Incense stuck for igniting fire crackers. Do not light straight away with match stick or diya.
- Rockets will never go in the intended direction, run really far away after you light them.
- Do not approach misfired fireworks soon, wait for some time and don’t try lighting them if the wick is too small.
- Do not wear loose clothes. Do not wear synthetic clothes, wear thick cotton clothing.
So wish you all a safe and fun filled Diwali.
We also have a new section in our website which gives you an entire list of diwali/ deepavali inspired baby names.