With Diwali approaching, festivities are in full swing. While the festival is synonymous with joy and celebrations, let’s not forget the significance of ensuring the safety of our children. Safety extends beyond cautiousness with firecrackers; it involves safeguarding them from anything that could jeopardize their health and well-being.
Here are some simple tips to ensure a safe Diwali for your little ones:
1. Reduce Outdoor Air Exposure: Children often engage in outdoor play, so they face an elevated risk of being impacted by smog. With air quality deteriorating in some major Indian cities like Delhi NCR, it is recommended to keep children indoors. Consistent exposure to air pollution, particularly smog, can lead to the development of asthma and other potentially harmful respiratory conditions. Encourage children to wear N-95/KN-95 masks for protection.
2. Secure Surroundings: Protect your children from lit diyas to prevent accidental burns. Ensure that babies and toddlers are at a safe distance from lit diyas, minimizing the risk of touching them. Additionally, exercise caution with oil lamps, especially if they are near curtains or frequently visited by children, as spilled oil could pose a fire hazard. For electrical lighting, ensure it is well-taped and laminated for added safety.
3. Lend a Guided Supervision with Fireworks: Ensure you are around your children when using fireworks, demonstrating proper handling techniques for a safe Diwali experience. Select fireworks suitable for the age group, steering clear of loud or explosive options for younger children to minimize both air and noise pollution. Emphasize the importance of maintaining a safe distance during ignition to prevent curious children from getting too close. Have a bucket of water handy to prevent severe burns or potential health hazards.
4. Practice Food Safety: Diwali is a season of indulging in delightful sweets and snacks. Ensure your child’s food is prepared and stored carefully to avoid any risk of food-related illnesses like food poisoning, dysentery etc. Source sweets and special treats that are prepared hygienically for quality assurance. Prioritize hand hygiene, especially for children, by ensuring everyone washes their hands before handling or consuming food. With proper attention to food safety and nutritional balance, you can ensure your children enjoy a healthy and joyful Diwali.
5. Keep a Check on Noise Pollution: Children’s ears are more sensitive than adults, and prolonged exposure to loud sounds can have adverse effects. It is recommended to insert cotton balls in their ears if they are below the age of 5 years to safeguard against potential harm.
6. Practice Caution With Eye Health: With the dazzling fireworks display, it is challenging to keep your child’s eyes away. Teach your kids to turn their faces away from exploding sparklers or crackers to avoid potential eye injuries. Emphasize the importance of hand hygiene by ensuring thorough washing with soap and water before touching the eyes. Encourage them to wear protective glasses or goggles for safety when bursting crackers up close.
This Diwali, stay vigilant and thoughtful to ensure the safety of your kids. Wishing you all a #HealthyWaliDiwali.