Each year, the palike and state authorities ensure that Bangaloreans are forewarned before Diwali about being safe. However, just like the past years, over 60 firecracker-related casualties have already been reported in the city this year as well.
Burning issue: This year children aged between 4 and 14 have sustained eye injuries as a result of ignoring fire safety precautions. Pic/Satish Badiger
Shockingly, this year kids aged between 4 and 14 have sustained eye injuries as a result of ignoring fire safety precautions. The city has been aglow since Tuesday with the festive spirit, but hospitals in city received a total of 60 casualties related to firecrackers. To add to this number however, since yesterday local clinics in several residential areas have been seeing patients coming in on an hourly basis.
"Each year, we issue precautions to residents, but these they are generally ignored. This year, there has been a huge increase in the number of patients coming in. It is unfortunate that despite the adequate awareness created, parents often leave their children alone to burst crackers," said Dr Jain, from a local clinic in Residency Road.
In many areas, it was noticed that children started bursting crackers as early as 8 am and continued till late in the night. The local police in several areas were alerted by hospitals where cases kept pouring in. "We heard from local hospitals that kids are getting injured and this has prompted us to increase patrolling in these areas," said a local beat cop from Benson Town.
At most of the government hospitals, cases kept pouring in throughout the day. "We have received almost 25 cases so far and unfortunately, almost 15 cases are serious. We are trying to create awareness from our end too," said Gowdappa, an official from Victoria Hospital.