Diwali is one of the most exciting festivals of the year, especially for kids. The scrumptious sweets, the new gifts and clothes, and the lights and firecrackers, make for a pretty compelling combination for children (and also adults, of course). But it is at this time of the year when one—as a parent—needs to be particularly watchful and cautious about the ways in which our kids are celebrating Diwali and bursting firecrackers.
Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure our kids stay safe during the festivities and we’re not confronted with those easily avoidable mishaps and accidents.
- Don’t leave your kids unattended: Diwali is all about the lights, which means that there will be a bunch of electric wires, diyas, candles and fireworks all around. You must ensure that your kids are never left unattended around any of these things.
- Dress them in natural fabrics: Natural fabrics (like cotton and silk) are much less likely to catch fire than the synthetic ones. Dressing your kids in light, natural fabrics on Diwali will also help keep them cool and comfortable.
- Make your purchases from reputed stores: Whether it’s the lights, the firecrackers or the food, you ought to ensure that you’re not picking up any spurious or adulterated stuff. Go with the known brands and reputed stores, and avoid making too many bulk purchases at this time of the year.
- Light the firecrackers appropriately: Inspect your surroundings carefully before deciding where you want to light the firecrackers. You also want to make sure that your kids are always standing at a safe distance from the fireworks. You don’t want them to be too close to the fire, noise or pollution.
- Prepare the sweets and delicacies at home: Kids tend to be particularly excited to savour the sweets, chocolates and snack items during the festivities. But there’s always some risk associated with store-bought foods. Because of the soaring demands for these items during Diwali, manufacturers tend to adulterate the food items for increased profits. In any case, one can’t be assured of the quality of the ingredients, flavours and colours used in these food items. It’s always best to prepare your Diwali delicacies at home.
- Keep a first aid kit handy: Your kids are likely to be running around and inevitably courting some or the other kind of danger during Diwali. Of course, while you’ll do your best to attend to them and keep them safe, it is highly recommended that you keep a replenished and well-stocked first aid kit handy at home.
- Encourage your kids to celebrate a ‘green’ Diwali: This one probably sounds easier than it is, but it’s no less important than the other things you’ll be doing for your kids this Diwali. Don’t shy away from talking to your kids about the harmful effects of burning firecrackers and why it’s more important now than ever to celebrate a clean, quiet and green Diwali.
When it’s a safe Diwali, it is indeed a happy Diwali!