Diwali is a festival of lights and happiness all around. It marks the onset of new beginnings and fresh zeal. Being one of the greatest festivals of Hindu culture, Diwali is celebrated with immense joy. But, we all know that Diwali also brings a lot of air pollution and smoke all around. Last year the air pollution rate showed a drastic increase. There were many cases of throat infections and eye infections which ultimately lead to a vast impact on the overall health of Delhites. This year our government is taking strict actions well in advance to diminish the impact of air pollution. However, we still need to be protective of our own health. (Also read: Diwali 2017: How To Protect Your Eyes From Pollution During Diwali)
Here are some of the tips to protect yourself from air pollution this Diwali:
Drink plenty of water: This is like one universal tip to stay healthy and fit. One must drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. In case you can’t drink plain water, you can go for detox water or any other flavoured drink. But make sure it does not contain any added sugar preservatives. One must also increase the intake of fruits and nuts in order to feel satiated and decline the intake of calories. It is a must to keep your lungs and liver healthy as there is so much smoke all around and all the delicacies available might be infectious as they are not at all hygienic.
Patients having a breathing problem and asthma: You must carry your inhaler everywhere you go. In case you feel shortness of breath, you must not panic. Take a shelter to the place which has no or less smoke. Try to go back to your room and avoid going outside. In fact, wear a mask to restrict inhaling smoke. Inform your family members in case of uneasiness. Bursting of crackers is a big NO for all of you. In case of something serious, rush to the nearby hospital. (Also read: Diwali 2017: How To Avoid Gaining Weight During Diwali Festival
For kids and newborn babies: Do not leave your children alone to burst the crackers always accompany them and try to avoid their direct contact with fireworks. Make them wear their goggles. Ensure that their hands are hygienic and well washed before they eat anything. For newborn babies, try to cover their eyes and mouth. Also, insert soft cotton ball in their ears or ear muffs so that they do not cry or panic with the loud bursting sound of crackers. Besides this, keep the windows shut and try to keep the little ones inside only.
For elderly people: Age is no bar when it comes to protection from crackers and fireworks. Like newborn babies, elder people should also be protected from smoke and the loud bursting sound of crackers. You can use ear muffs or stay indoors if you have a weak heart. Besides this, do not get too close with the crackers and don’t touch half burnt crackers.
These are some of the basic tips to protect yourself from exposure to air pollution and noise pollution during Diwali. Besides this, right after Diwali, there is a thick layer of smoke all over the city. Thus, try to remain indoors. Wear a mask in case you go out. Also, cover your eyes properly to restrict the entry of smoke into the eyes. As soon as you get back home, wash your hands and face properly and splash chilled water in your eyes. You can also use an eye drop after consulting your physician.
We wish you all a very safe and prosperous Diwali! Let’s make it a pollution-free Diwali 2017! (Also read: How Much Green Tea We Should Drink Per Day)