Dr Sanjeev Uppal, professor and head of Plastic Surgery and president, NZAPSI at DMCH, gave tips on how to burn crackers to avoid accidents. According to him, children, usually, like to burst crackers many days before Diwali. Anars and rockets are very dangerous and children should ignite these crackers with safety.
He cautioned that all accidents due to fireworks occur as a result of carelessness, negligence and ignorance. But these could be avoided by taking simple precautions. A small negligence on the part of kids could turn the celebration into a mishap or personal damage.
The tips suggested by Dr Uppal are as under:
Always burst crackers and fireworks in an open space. Always do this in the presence of elders
Wear tight-fitting clothes preferably made of cotton
Always keep a bucket full of water near by
Always keep the rockets in a relatively big-sized heavy bottle and the tip should face upwards
Anars should be lit with a sparkle (phulzhari) sitting parallel on floor and not bending over the anar
Never explode crackers and other things in hand
Store the crackers away from the place and in a metal container with a lid on
Never try to explode crackers with empty cans over it
Always keep sparkles away from body
Purchase good quality crackers with ISI certification
In case of fire, douse fire with water and if alone, lie down on ground and roll sideways to put off the fire. Later, pour water on the burnt surface till the burning sensation is over