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Eco-friendly Diwali

Diwali is that time of the year when families throw a bash, and celebrate the victory of good over evil. Unfortunately, due to lack of supervision and vigilance Diwali for some becomes a tragic memory.

According to a study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) 96 percent of four major brands of fireworks violated noise and air pollution norms. The noxious pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and respirable suspended particulate matter apart from smoke can aggravate asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.

However, if you follow certain guidelines, you would not dread Diwali. Read and find out how.

Breathe easy

Undoubtedly firecrackers light up the sky and make it more beautiful but this beauty can be dangerous for uncountable people. The toxic gases released in the sky are detrimental to both the sick and ailing people because they enter the lungs and pose a real threat.
  • People with breathing problems must stay indoors and limit their exposure to smoke as far as possible.
  • They should take medications prior to prolonged exposure to fumes and smoke
  • They can wear masks because it’s better than directly inhaling the smoke.
  • Immediately see a doctor in case of extreme breathlessness.

Eat light

Believe it or not but festive season is that time of the year when you eat countless number of calories. Apparently, you cannot give intimidating festive foods a miss but you can surely do the following:
  • Avoid consuming heavy, deep fried snacks and other fast foods.
  • Dismiss any craving for chocolates and sweets.
  • Say no to chilled drinks as these can aggravate wheezing.

Principle of three R's

  • Reduce – air and noise pollution by reassessing the importance of a smoke-free environment.
  • Refuse – to light crackers.
  • Rethink – before you go to the market to shop for toxic and expensive crackers.

So, spread the word and celebrate a cracker-free, smoke-free and illness-free Diwali.


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