The festive season is ON. One of the main festival among all is DIWALI. This festival is celebrated with great joy & enthusiasm in the whole country. Preparation for Diwali has started like cleaning & whitewashing of the house. We could feel the cold sweet breeze at the morning and evening time which makes us remember the time Diwali comes every year.
This festival is also called the “festival of lights”. People light up diyas in every corner of the house which removes the darkness from their life, worship Lord Ganesha & Lakshmi, make rangoli, wear new clothes, exchange gifts. There is a breeze of happiness and fun all around.
But one of the concerns on Diwali is burning of crackers. People have lots of fun burning crackers but it has a lot of health risks which needs to be taken care.
Check out the infographics created by VivoHealthCare below.
The risk of burn injuries
Lack of safe practices result in Burn injuries and many times its result could be fatal.
The risk of heart health hazards
The high decibel noise of burning of thousand of crackers can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure and even heart attacks in case of heart patients.
The risk of an asthma attack
Harmful gasses released by burning of crackers when mixed with carbon monoxide present in the atmosphere causes asthmatic attacks in patients suffering from asthma.
The risk of nervous health problems
Suspended particles can lead to serious headaches. The after-effects are more severe for people suffering from central nervous system diseases.
The risk of respiratory problems
People suffering from respiratory problems is the hardest hit. There is no escape for them from this polluted air. Pollutants available in the air cause respiratory problems like pulmonary emphysema. It can also result in chest and throat blockage.
The risk of skin problems
Harmful gases produced by the burning of crackers have side effects on skin too. It causes skin dryness and skin allergies.
It is advisable to:
- Say ‘NO’ to crackers.
- Spread awareness to your neighbours and relatives regarding side effects of burning crackers.
Still, some people will burn crackers, so to prevent yourself…
- Wear face masks to prevent inhaling of poisonous gases
- If you are a heart patient, then wear Ear plugs to reduce the impact of noise. Pregnant ladies need to take care.
Home remedies for Minor Burn injuries
Place the burn area under the running tap water or cold water immediately the burn occurs. Do not put ice on the affected area since area restricts the blood flow and affect the tissues which can worsen the injury.
Raw potato can also be used for treating burns due to its soothing property. Cut a raw potato and rub it on the affected area. Make sure the juice from the potato is spread over the whole area. this method may increase the pain but it will prevent the formation of blisters.
Aloe vera can be used in treating burns since it has tissue healing property.
- Take one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Mix it with the turmeric powder and apply on the affected area.
- You can also cut the aloe vera leaf and apply the juice on the area.
Home remedies for Asthma Attack
Boil 5-6 cloves in a half glass of water and then add a spoon of honey. It is an excellent remedy for curing asthma at home.
Take some mustard oil, warm the oil and mix camphor in it. Massage with it all over the chest, till you get relief from asthma.
Eucalyptus essential oil can be really helpful in relieving asthma. Put a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a cup of boiling water and take its steam. It will help in opening up the air and nasal passages thus relieving the attack.
Take out the juice of bitter gourd. Add the paste of basil and honey to it. Mix them well. This remedy will help in curing asthmatic attacks.
Alternate ways to celebrate Diwali
We all love to enjoy the festival of Diwali but we must pay attention to the risks involved in celebrating Diwali by burning crackers. This is the festival of light so lets us celebrate Diwali this year by lighting diyas and colorful lights.
This Diwali before buying crackers we should think twice that ‘Is this the only way of celebrating Diwali’. Instead, buy gifts and distribute among poor people. This way you can bring happiness to the face of someone which will make your festival more enjoyable and it will prevent us and the environment from the harmful effects of crackers.