Firecracker injury toll rises to 800



A Filipino is treated for firecracker injuries at the East Avenue Medical Center in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013. Despite a ban by authorities on certain firecrackers due to injuries and death, many Filipinos still welcome the New Year with fireworks in the belief that it will drive away evil spirits and bring in good luck. AP/Aaron Favila

The number of people injured by firecrackers during the Christmas and New Year holidays rose Thursday to nearly 800, still about 21 percent lower than the total injuries reported last year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The latest DOH report said a total of 789 fireworks-related injuries had been reported as of 6 a.m. yesterday since the government began a count on

Dec. 21.

“This [total] is 73 cases (8 percent) lower than the previous five-year average (2007-2011) and 211 cases (21 percent) lower than the same period last year,” the DOH said.

It said a majority of the cases were from Metro Manila (443, or 56 percent), Ilocos (64 cases, or 8 percent) and Western Visayas (59, or 8 percent).

Of the 789 injuries, 765 were due to fireworks, 22 were caused by celebratory gunfire and two were firecracker ingestion cases.

Mostly males

“The majority of the cases were males (604 cases, or 79 percent) and their ages ranged from 9 months to 79 years old,” the DOH said.

The median was 15 years old, with 206 cases (27 percent) involving children under 10 years old, the department said.

“The most affected age group was 6 years old to 10 years old (207 cases, or 27 percent). Three hundred eighty six (51 percent) were passive users (or those who did not directly light the firecracker),” the DOH said.

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  • AZKID13

    No rice for dinner tonight !! but we had lots of Firecrackers and beer for on New Years, I just don’t get it. 

  • batangsulpok

    Talagang matitigas ang ulo ng karamihang Pilipino kaya bayaan na lang na maglaro sila ng paputok at kung masugatan , sila rin ang may disability sa katawan tulad ng mabulagan o maputulan ng daliri/kamay/paa o masunog ang balat para maging batik nila habang buhay.

  • tabingbakod

    Taon taon na lang ba?

    Yung media campaign ng DOH ay may limitasyon. Problema din dapat ito ng pulisya, tanod, public officials at at ng mga mambabatas.

    Marami sa nasasaktan ay mga bata at wala makakatwiran para hayaan itong mangyari. Dapat may managot kapag may nasaktan na bata. Katungkulan ng lipunan na protektahan sila.

    Kung 200 bata ang nasugatan dahil sa paputok dapat 200 daan din ang makulong at magbayad ng multa dahil dito.

    May parusa dapat ang magbebenta ng paputoksa mga bata.

    Responsibilidad ng may-ari ang paputok niya. Kung may nasaktan na bata dahil sa paputok nila dapat managot sila rito. Kahit pa kamag-anak ito ng bata.

    Walang dahilan para paghawakin ng paputok ang mga bata. Kung meron bata nakitaan ng paputok, multa o kulong dapat sa may-ari.

    Kung may di pumutok na labintador, responsibilidad ng may-ari itabi ito ng tama. Kahit isang barkada ang nagpaputok sa isang lugar, kung kinabukasan may bata nakapulot at nasabugan sa lugar na iyon, kulong dapat sa buong grupo.

  • Homer Guo

    wag nalang gamutin para madala. tigas ulo eh  lol

  • charles

    buti na lang dito sa Davao, firecrackers have been banned for ten or eleven years already….good thing we have fresh air, pollution-free celebrations, and empty hospital ER’s during New Year’s eve…

  • Cesar

    These unwanted injuries and deaths (due to hard headed idiot people) have been happening since eons ago, yet , seems like the state has no stern stance in creating a law completely banning firecrackers. If Davao city has had done it, why can’t the whole country ? 

    The holidays and the New Year should be celebrated joyously but most importantly safely. It’s a dire shame that every year , slew of people are harmed , and even innocent ones get killed. 

  • joerizal

    There are three deadly combinations that result in injury: 1) Intoxication + firecracker in hand; 2) young child + big firecracker in hand; and 3)  Stupidity + huge firecracker in hand.
    The common denominator is firecracker. While I’m not for banning them, there are huge regulatory and enforcement gaps that the government should be focusing on. We can’t ban stupidity, but we can certainly control how firecrakers can be sold and distributed.

  • Harry

    Casualty figures start to rise long after the authorities tried to downplay the extent of the damage. It also shows that media reporters are sleeping on the job, relying only on whatever figures are being fed by the agencies to the public. 

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