DIWALI SPECIAL: Firecrackers and Your Health

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 their own health as well as the environment. Firecrackers can lead to respiratory problems, hearing loss, high blood pressure, sleeping disturbances, and may even cause a heart attack. They have much more serious effects in people with heart, respiratory or nervous system disorders.

Diwali festivities are considered incomplete without fireworks. But can you give it up, and help save the environment and your own health? Here are some health-related reasons why you should give up bursting crackers this year:

Air pollution

Air pollution takes the first place when it comes to the harmful effects of crackers on health. It can cause respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and other lung problems. Smoke emitted by the toxic chemicals can worsen problems for people suffering from colds, allergies or coughs and can also cause congestion of the throat and chest. Harmful gases produced from the bursting of crackers, such as nitrous oxide, remain in the air for a long time. Inhaling these fumes increases the chances of asthma attacks among patients. Moreover, the dust and chemicals from crackers can irritate and damage the eyes, and can also cause skin allergy and skin rashes.

The air pollution produced due to firecrackers can also lead to smog (smoke + fog). Smog is not only harmful to health, but also causes problems while night driving as it decreases visibility.

Noise pollution

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 (deafness). 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 they have ears that are more delicate than humans, and cannot bear loud sounds.

Fire accidents

The main risk throughout this festival 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. Children 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.

Garbage disposal

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 is very difficult to dispose of, as it might affect the health of people who live near these disposal sites.

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!

Wish you all a very Healthy & Happy Diwali from Hidoc!