Diwali is synonymous with fun, enjoyment, family/friends get together, and lights! But, this festival also expects you to be extra careful about your eyes. If you look back, there have been many eye-related accidents caused due to fire-crackers, and therefore, it is extremely crucial that you take as many safety measures into account as possible!
Some Eye Health Tips for Diwali: –
1. Keep distance
You should be at least one arm distance away while lighting the crackers. Keep a distance of five meters or more when watching your fireworks.
2. Wear protective glasses and wash your eyes
This will stop the smoke and other chemicals from the crackers to enter your eyes. Also, make sure that you clean your eyes with cold water when you are done with the fireworks, as well as when you are about to retire for the day.
3. Do not wear contact lenses
Contact lenses tend to cause irritation to your eyes due to prolonged exposure to high heat (emitted by crackers during Diwali). You can wear them back when you return indoors, but only after you thoroughly wash your eyes with cold water.
4. Keep your hands clean
We, many times touch our eyes unknowingly, and if the fingers/ hands are not clean enough then it may lead to severe eye infections/ irritations. Make sure that you do this compulsorily after you are done drawing the rangoli and lighting the fireworks.
5. Discard the fireworks properly
The best way to throw away the used crackers is by putting them in a bucket of water. It helps in defusing the fire completely.
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6. Take special care while lighting flying fireworks
Make sure that fireworks such as missiles, rockets, etc. are always pointed towards the sky while being lighted. And, avoid congested places for these crackers- opt for open grounds or terraces.
7. Keep water or fire extinguisher handy
In case of sudden fire, you should have water at your disposal. This will save you from major mishaps. In case of irritation in eyes, wash your eyes with water for a few minutes but do not rub or scratch eyes as it may be harmful.
8. Only one cracker at a time
Children love to experiment but do not ever encourage them to light more than one cracker at a time.
In case of eye injury or severe eye irritation, you should immediately visit your nearest ophthalmologist. Do not try home remedies, or wait for the problem to heal on its own. It is not something that you can afford to take lightly.
These eye health tips for Diwali will help to enjoy your festival safely.