Diwali is celebrated with great energy across the country. Bursting firecrackers is an important tradition on Diwali. People of all age groups burn crackers overlooking the damage they are causing to their own health as well as the environment.
Here are some health-related reasons why you should give up bursting crackers this year:
Air pollution takes the first place when it comes to the harmful effects of crackers on health. Crackers cause massive air pollution in a short amount of time, leaving metal particles, dangerous toxins, harmful chemicals and smoke, which remain in the air for a long time.
Exposure to these toxic fumes and gases can cause respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, bronchitis and asthma attacks. The dust and chemicals from crackers can irritate and damage the eyes, and can also cause skin allergy and skin rashes.
People at greatest risk for problems are those with heart or lung disease, older adults and children.
Noise pollution is as harmful as air pollution. It is also one of the leading adverse effects of crackers on health.
Loud bursting sounds from crackers can damage the eardrum and lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Moreover, the bursts of loud noise can cause sleeping disturbances, high blood pressure, and in rare cases, even heart attacks, especially among the sick and the elderly.
Noise pollution not only affects humans, but also animals such as cats and dogs as their ears are more delicate than humans, and cannot bear loud sounds.
The main risk throughout this festival is from fire. It could be from the brightly lit diyas and candles, bursting crackers or just due to carelessness. A small spark is enough to set fire to an entire area, and the accident could damage properties, and claim lives.
Injuries and wounds
Firecrackers can cause severe injuries, especially in children. If crackers are not lit properly they may cause wounds on parts of the body which are exposed to them. These wounds commonly include burns and injuries to the hands, face, and eyes.
People have lost their eyesight and even their lives by not using crackers properly.
Affects infants and pregnant women
Firecrackers are not only harmful to old citizens and children but also to pregnant women and babies. Constant exposure to loud noises during pregnancy may affect the baby in the mother’s womb. Noise from crackers may also stress pregnant women and prevent them from getting enough rest.
Babies and kids are even more affected by noise pollution from crackers, which may result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. Babies only cry if the noise is hurting as they are unable to describe their problems to you.
After Diwali, the main issue that arises is the garbage lying on the streets. Crackers not only pollute the air but also contaminate the land. This garbage is chemically hazardous and very difficult to dispose of and can find its way into the soil and our water systems.
The effects of firecrackers on health are serious and can cause injuries or even loss of life. Instead, celebrate this Diwali by meeting friends and family, having sweets, and sharing warm moments with them. Doing so increases human attachments and makes everybody happy and keeps everyone out of danger.
Now go ahead and celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. Stay safe and spread happiness!
Wishing You a very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Diwali!
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