> Fireworks Safety Drill
Fireworks Safety Drill
Diwali is thoroughly enjoyed by people of all age groups as they love the
splendor and sparkle of fireworks. The earthen lamps that we light on Diwali
night are generally placed on balcony and window ledges. So ensure that
these are not near any flammable material like wood, cloth or paper.
Usually, decorative lights are used on special occasions only and as such
not much care is given to one's life. The electric lights should never be
tied to any metal poles as any current leak can energize the pole and give a
shock to anyone who touches the pole.
All accidents due to fireworks occur as a result of carelessness,
negligence and ignorance. But these can certainly be avoided by observing
some very simple precautions. All of us enjoy the pleasure of light and
sound but when disaster strikes the injured has to bear the cross. If you're
going to set off fireworks at home this year, please take a few minutes to
read through the guidelines.
Store your fireworks safely:
In a closed box, somewhere cool and dry, out of reach of children and
animals and away from all sources of heat, until the time they're needed.
Locked away is best. Don't keep the box under the stairs or in a passageway.
Pets hate bangs and flashes:
Pets get very frightened on fireworks night, so keep all your pets indoor
and close all the curtains to make things calmer. Remember it's not just
your own fireworks that cause distress, so you may have to have your pets
indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.
Think ahead and be prepared:
Before you start, make sure you'll be giving yourself enough room in a safe
place to get to and from your box of fireworks while the display is going
on. Have a full bucket of water handy for any emergency, and for putting
used sparklers into. If you have the chance to get together with some other
families, try to go to the home with the biggest open space and safest
Never try to re-ignite the fireworks that don't light in the first
instance. Never give ANY firework item to small children. Never throw
fireworks at another person. Never carry fireworks in your pocket. Never
shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. Never experiment, modify, or
attempt to make your own fireworks.
Watch what you wear:
Loose clothing can very easily catch fire, and should not be worn near any
fire or fireworks. Long dangly scarves can be risky too. If anyone's
clothing does catch fire, follow the rule: Stop - Don't run. Drop to the
ground. Roll to put out the flames.
One at a time please:
You (or another adult that you choose) must be the only person letting off
fireworks. Don't allow anyone else - especially children - to do so while
your display is going on. Let the fireworks off one at a time (not lots at
once) and don't rush. Light the tip of each firework at arm's length, using
fireworks lighter or fuse wick. Stand well back immediately. If one doesn't
go off, don't go back to it - it could still be live, and could go off
unexpectedly on your face. Right at the end of your fireworks night, douse
the 'duds' with lots of water, keep it soaking in a bucket of water. Never
throw left over fireworks onto a bonfire.
Different fireworks mean different hazards:
Read the instructions on each one carefully (by flashlight, never an open
flame) and follow them properly. Rockets, for instance, should be launched
from a rocket launcher, not from a bottle. Sparklers need careful handling -
light them one at a time at arm's length; don't give one to any child under
5 years of age; make sure that anyone holding a sparkler wears gloves; and
put each spent one into a bucket of water as soon as it's gone out.
Putting fireworks in your pocket is stupid and dangerous. Throwing
fireworks at people is stupid and dangerous and illegal; it's a criminal
offense to do so.
Fireworks and booze don't mix:
Drinking alcohol presents an added danger when there are fireworks and
bonfires around. So don't drink during your fireworks display.
Watch that person:
Keep children well away from fireworks, and never let a child handle or
light one. Even sparklers can be dangerous if unsupervised! Do not give
sparklers to a child under five. Make sure that children are aware of the
Don't light flying fireworks if there is a heavy wind.
Never take unnecessary risks while lighting fireworks, just to show off.
Pool your pocket money and have a professional perform pyrotechnics for the
benefit of many
Dos & Don'ts While Bursting
- Use fireworks only outdoor.
- Buy fireworks of authorized/reputed manufacturers only.
- Light only one firework at a time, by one person. Others should
watch from a safe distance.
- Keep the fireworks to be used at a safer place.
- Organize a community display of fireworks rather than individuals
- Always use a long candle/'phooljhari' for igniting fire crackers
and keep elbow joint straight to increase the distance between the
body and the crackers.
- Keep two buckets of water handy. In the event of fire, extinguish
flame by pouring water from the buckets. Every major fire is small
when it starts.
- In case of burns, pour large quantity of water on the burnt area.
- In case of major burns, after extinguishing the fire, remove all
smoldering clothes. Wrap the victim in a clean bedsheet.
- The patient should be taken to a burns specialist or a major
hospital. Don't panicky.
- In case of eye burns, wash the eye with tap water for 10 minutes
and take the victim to a hospital.
- Don't ignite fireworks while holding them.
- Don't bend over the fireworks being ignited.
- Don't ignite fireworks in any container.
- Don't approach immediately to the misfired fireworks.
- Don't tamper with misfired fireworks.
- Don't attempt to make fireworks at home.
- Don't allow small children to handle fireworks.
- Don't throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Don't carry fireworks in the pocket.
- Don't store firecrackers near burning candles and diyas.
- Don't light firecrackers in narrow by lanes; preferably use open
areas and parks.
- Don't wear synthetic clothing; preferably wear thick cotton
- Don't wear loosely hanging clothes; secure all clothes properly.
- Don't apply any cream or ointment or oil on burnt area.
- Don't drive recklessly while taking a burn victim to the
hospital; a delay of up to one hour is immaterial.
Thus, awareness campaigns are launched so
that fatalities and injuries caused by fireworks could be brought down. All
mishaps due to fireworks occur as a result of carelessness, negligence and
ignorance. Simple precautions can help avoid these mishaps.