The tradition of bursting firecrackers on Diwali day has been around for 500 years.
Diwali is considered to be a festival of lights. With increasing pollution & accidents the Supreme Court banned firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.
To help prevent eye injuries, here are alerts about consumer fireworks risk:
1. Small doesn’t equal safe.
A common culprit of fireworks injuries is the classic sparkler. Many people mistakenly believe sparklers are harmless due to their size. However, they can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt certain metals. Even tiny poppers or snappers can pose dangers.
2. Even though it looks like a dud, it may not act like one.
Injury and serious eye trauma can occur when people mistakenly think that a firework is no longer active or hot. Never touch unexploded fireworks and contact the local fire or police department to properly handle it.
3. Just because you’re not lighting or throwing it doesn’t mean you’re out of the firing line.
An international study of fireworks-related eye injuries showed that nearly half of the people injured by fireworks are bystanders. The research also found that one in six of these injuries caused severe vision loss. Two of the most common culprits of firework related injuries are mortar-type fireworks and bottle rockets, which are thrown before they explode and can strike an innocent bystander.
4. The holiday can be complete without using consumer fireworks.
According to Fasika Woreta, M.D., M.P.H., the director of eye trauma at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. “Although consumer-grade fireworks are legal in many states, they are extremely dangerous and can cause devastating ocular injuries and even blindness”
If you experience a fireworks-related eye injury:
1.Seek medical attention immediately.
2.Avoid rubbing or rinsing the eyes or applying pressure.
3.Do not remove any object from the eye, apply ointments or take any pain. medication before seeking medical help.
Come Join Hands for a memorable firecrackerless Diwali.