Enjoy Fireworks Safely - Practical Fire Safety Tips for Diwali and Kali Puja - WBRi Exclusive

CALCUTTA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) While Diwali - the festival of lights - and Kali Puja - are beautiful days festive celebration with fireworks an integral part of the tradition, especially for kids, Washington Bangla Radio urges caution with fireworks and close supervision of children playing and lighting them.

A great number of fireworks injuries are caused by fireworks burning hands and legs, with the majority of such injuries occurring to young children.

In fact, sparkler injuries account for 1/3 of all firework injuries to children 5 years or younger. These
are injuries that would not have occurred if there had been close adult supervision and
if some basic safety steps had been taken.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safety steps for sparklers, in the hopes that sparkler injuries to young children can be greatly reduced.

• Sparkles should ALWAYS be used under close adult supervision.
• Always remain standing while using sparklers.
• Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
• Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
• Sparklers and bare feet can be a painful combination. Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
• Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop the spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
• Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them the unlit sparkler and then light it.
• Always stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
• Never throw sparklers.
• Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body and at arm’s length.
• Teach children not to wave sparklers, especially wooden stick sparklers, or run while holding sparklers.

Sparklers have been a traditional means of celebration for hundreds of years. Let’s
teach our children how to use them safely and help prevent needless injuries.

For more information, check out the full press release and visit www.fireworksafety.com.