To prevent accidents, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 has recommended that all local government units (LGs) in Central Visayas designate a place where firecrackers can be lit.
The DOH 7 formally launched Wednesday their firecracker injury prevention campaign dubbed “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction” or Apir-yes, the same thing Filipinos say when asking a friend for a high five.
Most victims of firecracker injuries range from one to 10 years old, and over 330 cases were recorded last year in the region.
Dr. Susana Madarieta, DOH 7 director, said these cases peaked on Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.
While the case count of 330 was 15 percent lower compared to the previous year, Madarieta said she hopes the number will continue to decrease.
”This year’s theme is for those people who use firecrackers. We hope they’ll still have a full set of fingers after they’ve lit firecrackers. That’s why the campaign is called Apir or high five,” explained Madarieta.
Based on DOH statistics, most pyrotechnics-related injuries were caused by firecrackers like the piccolo, kwitis, five star and pla-pla.
She also reminded those who have firearms at home not to use these during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, to prevent injuries caused by stray bullets.
All firecrackers must also be kept out of children’s reach, she said.
She said that if one suffers a firecracker injury, the wound must be washed with soap and clean water and the person should be rushed to the hospital.