5 TIPS TO REMEMBER FOR A SAFE DIWALI

The season of lights and beauty is fast approaching and with it, the excitement of choosing the perfect outfit. After all, who doesn’t want to be the brightest pataka out there? With discounts and sales offered at almost all stores, you may be tempted to choose an embellished, stunning outfit but keep these tips in mind before you buy that lehenga you’ve been eyeing!


1. SYNTHETICS
While a georgette or chiffon blouse may seem like a perfect option for a diwali do, give it a pass no matter how beautiful it is. Synthetic clothes are high flammable and cling to the body when they catch fire, making it difficult to take off. They also burn much faster, and are almost impossible to douse out with just water. Cotton is slower to burn, and can be easily doused out. Wear only cotton or linen and avoid nylon, polyester or any other synthetic material. Gorgeous cotton options are available, go wild.
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2. SAREES
Among the most elegant outfits out there, the one time of the year you must ditch the saree is diwali. A Facebook cover of you looking at a sparkler with shining eyes, clad in a timeless red saree is tempting. However, a saree poses too many risks and many incidents of pallus catching on fire have occurred. Keep the saree for a dinner party, and wear a simple, no-frill outfit while bursting crackers or lighting lamps instead.
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3. DUPATTA
If you opt for a cotton salwar, remember to forgo the dupatta that accompanies it. Trailing behind you, you may be caught completely unaware if it catches fire. Sparks from crackers around you or burning embers on the ground can easily set the dupatta on fire, making it a dangerous article of clothing during diwali.
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3. GLASS BANGLES
The best option is to avoid them entirely. Bangles are popular with any ethnic outfit but ensure the ones you wear are metal, should you choose to wear them.  Glass bangles crack when in contact with heat, and may hurt the skin. Also avoid long chains and heavy jewellery, as it may get in the way when you bend to light the crackers.
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5. LOOSE CLOTHING
Whatever you choose to wear, pick a correct fitting outfit. Balloony shirts and long trailing skirts are a bad choice. Caught in the excitement of bursting crackers, you may not be aware of just what you might lean against. Since it is also a highly social event, a large number of friends and family around you in close quarters increases the chances of an accident.
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Take precaution, stay safe and most of all, enjoy a cheerful, blessed diwali!

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