Raghuvaran Chakkaravarthy
Environmental, Health And Safety
Sunita Meena
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Asudhir17
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Mechanical Engineering
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Dear All,
The Diwali is approaching nearer.
Let us try to avoid crackers because of environmental issues.
Similarly please find attached a file on precautions to be taken during Diwali.
This can be circulated amongst employees.
Thanks & Regards,
Sudhir

From India, Nasik

Attached Files
File Type: doc Safe Diwali - Fire Crackers[1].doc (115.5 KB, 1492 views)

Thanks Sudhir for the valuable info......................:)

Adding few do's and dont. Follow these safety measures and make your diwali a happy, safe and a prosperous one.

Do's:

Always purchase fireworks from an authorized or licensed fireworks agency or shop.

Before bursting fire crackers, look for an open space and ensure there are no combustible and inflammatory things around. Also, avoid burning fireworks or sparklers indoors.

Keep small children away from the bursting area.

Maintain the distance between your body (especially your face) and the crackers by extending your entire arm when lighting firecrackers.

Use an agarbatti (incense stick), phooljhari (sparkler) or a long candle to light a cracker.

While lighting crackers, wear heavier cotton clothes to ensure maximum safety from fire. Do not wear nylon or synthetic clothes as they can easily catch fire. Also, do not wear loose, hanging clothes.

Read the label on the crackers and follow the instructions carefully.

Store the fireworks in a closed container and keep fireworks stock away while lighting a particular firework.

While igniting aerial fireworks like rockets ensure that they are not facing any opening like an open window, door or an open building which may cause fire accidents.

Organize a community display of fireworks rather than individuals handling crackers.

As a safety measure while bursting crackers, keep first aid and buckets of water handy. In the event of fire, extinguish flame by pouring water from the buckets.

Wear footwear while lighting fireworks.

In case of burns, splash tap water (not ice water) on the affected area till the burning sensation reduces. Avoid any kind of friction or pressure on the burnt area, and cover the area of the burn with moist sterile bandage (do not use blanket or towel for covering the burns). Consult the doctor as soon as possible for proper medication.

Don'ts:

Never leave a lit match, agarbatti (incense stick) or sparkler near unused crackers.

Do not light crackers while holding them. Not only can the cracker burst in your hand, but when you throw the cracker, you could miscalculate and hurt someone else.

Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires.

Do not carry fireworks in your pocket while igniting another firework. They're explosives and can go off prematurely even if they're not lit.

Do not tend to burst crackers when some one else is trying to ignite one.

When crackers take time or do not ignite immediately, do not attempt to relight or tamper with the cracker. It could still go off and have even less of a wick. Let it sit for several minutes and then throw some water to diffuse them.

Do not ignite fireworks in any tin or bottle for an extra sound effect.

From India, Indore
Dear Freinds

Adding to the above thread of discussion, please find some valuable info for a Greener Diwali

ECO-FRIENDLY DIWALI

Diwali, the “Festival of Lights” is the biggest festival celebrated all over India. On the dark night of Amavasya (No Moon day), people celebrate it by lighting rows of deep (oil lamps made of clay) in their houses and streets; thus the name Deepawali (later caught on as Diwali). It creates a beautiful and incredible mystique, as if the small twinkling starlets have come down to earth to conquer darkness!

Earlier Diwali celebration meant house cleaning and decoration, performing traditional Lakshmi pooja, lightening of diyas in the evening and family get-together. But with the changing time the style of celebrating Diwali has also changed drastically. Now Diwali celebrations mean electric illumination and bursting noisy fire crackers. This change in the celebration style has imposed many negative effects on the environment; some of the effects are listed below:

• Excessive air pollution

• Excessive noise pollution

• Soil pollution

• Excessive power consumption

• Consumerism (excess consumption means excess use of raw material)

What can we do to maximize celebrations while minimize carbon footprints. We can re-look and re-orient ourselves for a healthier and safer festival and environment with some of the following:

Stick to the age old symbol and signification of Diwali

• Light oil lamps in earthenware or clay lamps; make rangolis with eco-friendly colours (lentils, floral powders, Herbs etc.)

• Use aroma candles, floral decorations, green plantations to enhance ambience

• Do pujas, make sweets together at home, greet neighbours

• If lighting is really important for you then go for energy efficient lighting which will also make your bills leaner

Avoid fire crackers

• To keep atmosphere clean, green and healthy say “NO” to firecrackers

• This will also stop help child abuse that are employed for production of these crackers and are exposed to harmful chemicals constantly

• Use eco-friendly crackers that too in a safe allocated community center. This will increase festivity and bonding at the same time. Eco-friendly crackers are made of recycled paper, emit colored lights and are of very low decibel sounds. There are colored paper confetti, magic pops, sparklers etc. which are also much lesser in price compared to regular crackers, are safer and do not emit fire and smoke

Use E greetings

• With e greeting you can reach all your friends and family members at one click. No wastage of paper and no jamming of the phones

Donate, do not hoard

• Do you really need all that you are shopping!! Limit your needs by reviewing your list

• Your wardrobes, storage might be bursting with new additions. Donate the old to the needy through proper channels. Do charity, fund NGOs, help needy, poor, old and challenged

Gift Simple, Gift Green & Gift Healthy

• Gifting organic, eco-friendly and healthy will make the recipient happier and will also promote such businesses. Handmade candles, handicrafts, eco-bags, eco-bottles, bamboos or jute made products, herbal/Natural cosmetics or toiletries, books on sustainable activities

• Use e-gifts

Principle of three R’s

• Reduce – air & noise pollution by reassign the importance of smoke free environment

• Refuse – to light crackers

• Rethink – before you go to the market to shop for toxic & expensive crackers

So spread the word and celebrate a cracker free, smoke free & illness free Diwali. GO Green this Diwali.

From India, Ahmadabad
Hi, Thanks for the inputs. I shall try to prepare a ppt and post for benefit of members. This can also be useful for trainings. Thanks again. Regards, Sudhir
From India, Nasik
Hi, Good inputs. Every year there are a lot of burn cases. Specially the children get burns or disablement. We should follow the rules. Take care and Have a Happy Diwali Thanks & Regards, Sudhir
From India, Nasik
team,
Happy and safe Diwali to all...
Dear Sudhir sir,
Thanks for your update on time. Last 6 years i had missed diwali due to my overseas assignments (it means directly am not pollute environment last 6 years through crackers/diwali..lolzz). Its not possible to celebrate lighting festival/Diwali without crackers we can do one thing we will try to minimize the using of crackers.
Any how happy diwali sir.


From United States, Fpo
Dear All,
Festival of Lights Dipawali
We all know the status of power generation in India.
If you consider the demand of Power during Dipawali days it is more by 15%
I treat this as a National Waste.
I know I can not change others, however I have decided the celebration in the following manner.
1. No electrical lighting is done at my house. Only the regular lights shall be ON.
2. The AKASH KANDIL shall be LED lamp of 3 watts. (shines equally good)
3. The samll lamps "DIYA AUR BAATI" Type
4. No Crackers purchased
5. Breakfast for small children of some maids in our colony (Prepared in house)
6. Leaving for 2 days vacation with family.
Changing others is not possible change yourself
Please do not reply to this post with appreciations, the very reason I have done this is if few of the members adopt similar thoughts will help naion by a very small extent.
Thanks & Regards,
Sudhir

From India, Nasik
Dear All, Please find attached herewith the bulletin Safety Diwali in English and Hindi by Govt of India. Hope you can make use of it. Thanks & Regards, Sudhir
From India, Nasik

Attached Files
File Type: pdf Diwali Fireworks Safety.pdf (4.24 MB, 221 views)

Dear Sudhir Sir,
Thanks for the tips.
Dear Team,
I would also like to request everyone not use crackers on this Diwali. And let us celebrate "A Pollution Free Diwali" this year. Also please take care while using sweets & it is batter to prepare sweets at home only for batter heath.
Regards,
Inderjeet Singh,
"Born to lead"

From India, Rajsamand
Dear all,
i would like to every one not to purchase the crackers having the lable of MAA LAKSHMI, ELEPHANTS,COWS or any GODS .It will really respect to them and also our RELIGION.
Thank and regards
SURJYA KUMAR

From India, Calcutta
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