A few simple tips can prevent accidents during the festival of lights. Diwali is the most awaited festival for many but one has to be cautious.

The celebration is marked by bursting of firecrackers but make sure to follow the safety measures, cautions vice-chairman of Mohsin Eye Bank A.V.N. Chetty.

Apart from burns and deaths, it is estimated that the festival causes total or partial blindness among 5,000 people annually, he said.

Do’s

Check the area before igniting fireworks and make sure that all inflammable and combustible materials are removed.

Usage of candle or incense stick is considered safer while igniting fireworks.

Open flames from lighters and matches should be avoided.

Keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water to reach in case of emergencies.

Use fireworks outdoor and keep the burn ointments handy.

Fireworks should be burnt only in the open.

Wear protective glasses and always light fireworks outdoors.

Firecrackers like bombs, flowerpots, and rockets should not be lighted by holding them.

Don’ts

Never allow the children to handle fireworks by themselves.

Never stand close once the firework is ignited.

Do not place fireworks in any containers like metal or glass and ignite.

Never ignite aerial fireworks where overhead obstructions may interfere with the trajectory.

Do not light fireworks near vehicles and have a safe Diwali.