Traditionally Fireworks form an integral part of celebrating Diwali, marriage ceremony and other such happy occasion. But in many cases, happy occasions become gloomy and laughter turns to tears due to indiscriminate use of fireworks without taking safety precautions. Some carefulness, some safety cautiousness could help in saving such odd events to make the celebration more bright and purposeful. Some safety precautions while using Fireworks/Crackers shall be as under:-
- Carefully read the fire safety instructions and precautions written On fireworks.
Always keep a bucket of water and sand ready while igniting Fireworks.
- Always immerse the used/exhausted fireworks like sparklers, Rockets into a bucket of water or dry loose sand.
- Close the windows and openings of your house properly to prevent ingress of lighted flying crackers.
- Elder’s supervision is a must when children play with firecrackers.
It is safe to play firecrackers in open grounds and open places.
- Rockets, Flowerpots and other flying crackers should not be displayed near thatched house and hay stacks.
- Wear tight cotton clothes while playing firecrackers.
- If you receive burn injuries accidentally, pour cold water until pain subsides and consult a doctor.
- Never Allow Children To Light Fireworks In Absence Of Elders.
- Don’t Relight Fireworks That Fail To Ignite.
- Don’t Light Fireworks Very Close To The Buildings.
- Don’t Leave Lighted Oil Lamps, Agarbattis Or Candles On The Floor Or Near Fireworks.
- Don’t Allow Fireworks Display Inside The House.
- Don’t Hold Flowerpots, Hand Bombs, In Hand During Display.
- Don’t Allow Children Near Dangerous And High Sounding Firecrackers.
- Don’t Display Fireworks Near Crackers Shop.
- Don’t Throw Lighted Fire Crackers Indiscriminately Into Open.
Some Preventive Tips:-
- Always take care on burning necked lamps.
- Do not smoke in Bed/throw burning buds here and there.
- Do not keep any Inflammable liquid items near the Hearth in Kitchen.
- Ensure that all Electrical wiring in the house are good
- Ensure that Fire in the Kitchen have been put off before going to bed.
- Don’t keep hay stock nearby the house.
- As far as possible, the houses be constructed giving sufficient space.
- Don’t play Crackers/Rockets/Bombs etc. near the house. These be enjoyed under the supervision of senior and respectable person.
- Don’t keep Match boxes/Lighter etc. at the reach of the children.
- Don’t keep Agarbathi (Burning Sandal sticks/Diya) carelessly near the photos of the God and Goddesses.
- Don’t make Fire in the garden when wind is blowing.
- Close the regulator of the Gas cylinder and the Gas stove properly and always use original Pipe and avoid very old one.
What To Do In Case Of Fire Accident:-
- In case of Fire accident, immediate information be given to Fire Station/nearest Police Station in the following Telephone Numbers :
- Fire Station: Tel / Phone No. 101
- Police Station Tel – 100
- Give the correct address of the Fire premises and route.
- On hearing the Fire ALARM keep the road clear.
- Do not disturb the Fire Brigade during Fire Fighting.
- Gathering of Crowd makes Fire Fighting operation difficult.
- Shout for help in case of Fire and for rescue.
- Protect the personal belongings of the Fire victim being stolen by ill hearted and narrow minded people.
- Help in evacuation of the fire burn victims to the Hospital for medical assistance.
10 Fire Safety Rules
- Don’t play with matches and lighters. If you see matches or a lighter where you can reach them, don’t touch them. Go tell a grown up right away.
- Ask your parents to install smoke detectors on every floor and in the sleeping areas of your home. Smoke detectors can save lives. Ask your parents to show you where each one is located.
- Remind your parents to test your smoke detectors every month. Make sure everyone in your family is familiar with its piercing sound. Teach them that this sound means danger, and they must escape quickly.
- When your parents change the time on your clocks for Daylight Savings, ask them to change your smoke alarm batteries. Give it fresh batteries and your smoke alarm will stay awake and watch for fire while you are sleeping.
- In case of fire: DON’T HIDE, GO OUTSIDE! Fires are scary, but you should NEVER hide in closets or under beds when there is a fire.
- To escape during a fire; Fall & Crawl. It is easier to breath in a fire if you stay low while getting out. Use the back of your hand to test if a door is hot before you open it. If it is hot, try to use another way out.
- If your clothes are on fire; Stop, Drop, and Roll until the fire is out. Shout for help, but don’t run. Running makes fire burn faster.
- Have an escape plan and practice it with your family. Find two ways out of every room in case one way is blocked by fire or smoke. Practice escaping by both routes to be sure windows are not stuck and screens can be taken out quickly.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a big tree or the end of the driveway, so you will know that everyone has gotten out safely. NEVER go back into a burning building for any reason. If someone is missing, tell the fire fighters. They have the clothing and equipment to safely rescue people.
- Know your local emergency number. Put stickers and magnets with emergency numbers on your refrigerator and every telephone in the house. If there is a fire at your house, choose one family member to leave your meeting place and call the fire department from a neighbours phone.