Diwali: Pune NGO launches fire safety campaign

In the run-up to Diwali, Safe Kids Foundation India (SKFI), a leading not-for-profit organization, has launched a 10-day fire safety campaign to spread awareness on the use of firecrackers among Punekars. Fire safety procedures from the Honeywell-funded Safe Kids at Home program curriculum will be leveraged during this awareness drive

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Diwali brings many unsafe fire related injuries. When burning fire crackers is fun for all, many suffer from grave burn injuries. It is for this reason that an NGO with the help of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations have decided to spread awareness on fire related injuries.

Besides conducting rallies, road shows, and exhibitions, the campaign will introduce interactive and engaging activities like walkathon, kids carnival, poster-making competition across Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) areas.

Students, teachers, and volunteers will also be inducted as fire marshals, called Agni Surakhsa Mitras, to help deal with fire emergencies. Till date, the Safe Kids at Home program has trained 621 Agni Suraksha Mitras, and has also pioneered the development of 300 model fire-safe schools and 100 model fire-safe communities in Pune.

Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, PMC said, “Though we are prepared to respond to any fire emergency, following firecracker safety measures will enable Pune inhabitants to celebrate a safer Diwali. With that intent, we continue to support SKFI every year to maximize the scale of this campaign”.

Kiran Gawade, Chief Fire Officer, Pune-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation said, “Our firefighters remain on high alert during Diwali. We feel that the increased fire safety awareness among people, especially children and their parents, will empower everyone to support our endeavour and help mitigate fire accidents”.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Dr Cynthia Pinto, Program Director, Safe Kids Foundation India said, “Diwali is the time of the year when people are more prone to fire-related accidents. Our aim is to help children and parents understand the importance of adopting preventive measures against burns and scalds.”