It’s that time of the year again when we all are gearing up for one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India, yes we talking about "Diwali", the festival we all associate with lights, lamps, favourites sweets, good times and happiness, We all are in a frenzied rush to complete our tasks and tick off the things from our list. However, dear reader please take some time to reflect on what's happening along with the festivities and how you can make the most of this festival.
Yes, there are already quite a few articles out there telling us to say no to firecrackers, that they are bad for the environment, and it’s worse for the people working in the factories producing them. But if not for anybody else, let’s do this for the sake of our own health.
Subhra's mother suffers from asthma, so one Diwali as were about to go on our cracker burning spree, she came out dressed with all her face covered, we had a good laugh at that, but Alas, she was just trying to be able to breathe, as the smog made it a difficult task.
How many of us are aware that inhaling the gases released upon burning crackers can;
- Initiate asthmatic attacks,
- Irritate the respiratory system, leading to total collapse as well
- Cause dangerous and sometimes fatal bronchitis, pneumonia.
- The smog that stays days after the festival causes wheezing, headaches,and coughing even in healthy people.
- Sadly, the old, children and people with respiratory problems, take the most brunt of it.That’s just one part, the second ugly head of it the noise pollution, isn’t any less troublesome.
The big bang of crackers causes: High blood pressure, sleeping disturbances, heart attacks, and even temporary or permanent deafness.
Do we really need all that? I know how enticing crackers are, we all like to see the sky lit up, but at the cost of our family’s health, our own health? I don’t think so. This is a problem that needs to be solved gradually by individual efforts. Charity begins at home, so be the first one.
Points to remember :
Unless, we really pray and God as a special favour sends across someone to repair the ozone layer overnight, till that time, people with respiratory conditions should mostly stay indoors. When outside cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth, that reduces the chances of inhaling the particles that do the damage. Keep the inhalers, and prescribed medicines handy.
Some other things that make the festival even greater will be a few precaution. To start with the sweets intake, not just for people who are diabetic but normal healthy people also should keep a tab of the sugar intake because trust me you don't want to end up being on the chair and a dentist scraping, drilling, and poking out your teeth, on how to take care of your priceless smile this diwali, click here, and remember "Just one more it’s only for tonight", is a phrase that may just end up giving you a nice sugar rush which you do not need and many other problems with a lasting effect. Kids should always be under adult supervision when near the fire. If you are lighting up crackers, wear comfortable clothes and slippers to avoid any burn injury. Keep water and first aid kit nearby. "Safety first" should be the motto. So go ahead and enjoy, stay safe, stay healthy!