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Safe Kids Foundation Launches “Safe Diwali, Happy Diwali” Campaign

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Pune: In the run-up to Diwali, Safe Kids Foundation, an NGO, is organizing a series of events across the city to raise awareness about firecracker safety. This is the third year in a row that the organization is conducting a large scale awareness drive as part of its Safe Kids at Home fire safety program, which focuses on prevention of burn and scalds injuries among children under 14 years of age.

Safe Kids Foundation has tied up with the city’s fire department to train 140 youth – called Agni Suraksha Mitras – to deal with fire emergencies. Competitions are being held in schools and communities to raise firecracker safety awareness in fun and engaging ways. Importantly, from October 22-24, the NGO is undertaking an extensive awareness drive around points of sale in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad to sensitize both sellers and buyers. Safety messages will also be displayed in public spaces and on public transport.

Mr. Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, Pune Fire Department, said, “Our department is prepared to deal with fire incidents, which typically peak during this season. However, it is important to follow safety guidelines and avoid such incidents in the first place. We appreciate the efforts of the Safe Kids Foundation in driving awareness among citizens.”

Dr. Cinthia Pinto, Program Director, Safe Kids Foundation, said, “For the last four years, we have been working closely with students, teachers, parents, and the fire departments of Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to turn Pune into a “Safe Kids at Home” city. Burns and scalds are among the most common injuries children under 14 years of age face at home. Such injuries spike around Diwali and other major festivals. We want to ensure that children enjoy a safe and happy Diwali.”

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