Beware of toxic cracker fumes

Inhaling toxic cracker fumes can cause a range of issues

Those without pre-existing conditions might have upper respiratory tract infections, nasal congestion or throat or skin irritation

For people with issues like asthma and COPD, inhaling cracker smoke can make existing symptoms worse. They may have shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing

Till the idea of a cracker-free Diwali gains wider acceptance, it is best to bank on precautionary measures such as wearing masks and staying indoors as far as possible

Avoid stepping outdoors during peak pollution hours. If you have to step out, wear a mask

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