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Doctors suggest taking a few precautions for safe Deepavali

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Eye specialists express concern over increasing eye injuries

Ophthalmologists from L. V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) have appealed to the public, especially children, to exercise caution while bursting firecrackers during Deepavali and avoid grievous injuries. The eye specialists expressed concern over the ever increasing number of eye injuries during Deepavali every year.

The physicians have recommended purchase of firecrackers only from authorised manufacturers and drying them in the sun for two days before Deepavali night.

The firecrackers should be stored in cardboard boxes and kept out of reach from children. They should be kept away from inflammable substances like gas cylinders, they said.

Only one person at a time should light a firecracker while others should watch from safe distance.

An open area, instead of places like terrace, should be selected to burst crackers. While bursting crackers on the road, vehicles should be parked at a safe distance.

“Children should never be left alone with crackers and public should use a long candle to light crackers. Two buckets of water should be kept handy and in case of burns, pour lots of water on the affected area,” doctors suggested.

In case of major burns, before rushing to hospital, victim should be first wrapped in a clean bed sheet.

If eye is affected, the victim's eyes should be washed under tap water for 10 minutes before going to hospital.


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