Diwali is the festival of light. Perhaps its most iconic celebration
is the colourful and dazzling display of fireworks that lights
up the night sky. As beautiful as it looks, fireworks account
for thousands of emergency room visits each year during the
festival. The majority of injuries that impact eye health occur
in bystanders. In fact the eyes are the second-most common affected
area after the hands and fingers. As expected, the leading cause
of injuries on Diwali is the lack of appropriate safety measures
while lighting fireworks.
Please ensure you take the following SAFETY PRECAUTIONS at all
" Store fireworks in a closed box in a safe location, away
from the reach of children
" Avoid sparklers that reach temperatures as high as 1000°C
- high enough to melt gold and cause serious injury
" Keep fireworks away from the face, hair and clothing
" Maintain a distance of an arm's length while lighting
firecrackers, and at least five meters while watching
" Defuse used fireworks properly by soaking them in a bucket
of water before disposal
Prevention is better than cure.
Do not rub your eyes and contact the eye doctor.
Keep eyes closed and go to the eye doctor.
If there is any chemical that has entered the eyes, immediately
irrigate the eyes and under the eyelids, with water, for 30
minutes. Seek an eye doctor immediately
In case of an accident, contact emergency medical services immediately.
Do not rub, rinse or apply ointment to the eye. It may make
the injury worse or difficult to examine. By taking these simple
precautions for good eye health, you will be able to enjoy fireworks
on Diwali without worrying about the safety of your loved ones.
Happy Celebrations from Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya!