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Prompted by the ever-increasing number of injuries at Deepavali time, eye specialists from the state-run Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital and L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) have appealed to the general public, especially children, to observe caution while bursting crackers this festival.

The physicians have advised purchase of firecrackers from authorised manufacturers, storing firecrackers in cardboard boxes that are kept out of reach of children.

The firecrackers should be kept away from inflammable substances like gas cylinders or cans of oil, the doctors said.

“Only one person at a time should be allowed to light a firecracker. Avoid bursting crackers on the terrace and park vehicles at a safe place in case they are lit on the road. Children should never be left alone, and everyone should use a long candle to light crackers. Buckets filled with water should be kept nearby,” doctors suggested.

In case of major burns, before rushing to the hospital, the victim should be first wrapped in a clean bed sheet. If the eye is affected, they should be washed under a tap for 10 minutes before going to hospital.

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