DOH reminds the public to “Iwas Paputok” to prevent fireworks-related injuries

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PREVENT injuries. Don’t use prohibited and illegal firecrackers to prevent injuries.

This was the reminder given by the Department of Health (DOH) to the public as the usual merriment related to the welcoming of a New Year is only a few days away.

The DOH said, citing the Firework-Related Injuries Surveillance Report as of December 29, 2021, that injuries related to fireworks increased by 108 percent, with 25 reported cases from December 21-29, 2021, compared to only 12 for the same period in 2020.

More than one-third or 36 percent of the cases were from Region VI (Western Visayas), followed by Region I (Ilocos Region), Bangsamorro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and National Capital Region (NCR) with 12 percent each.

The report said that most of the injuries were among minors aged 9 to 16 years old. Although more than half of the cases were blast/burn injuries not requiring amputation, about 28 percent or 7 cases required amputation.

Prohibited firecrackers such as Boga, 5-star, and Piccolo, accounted for the top causes of injuries.

The public is advised by the DOH to put safety first by using other “safer” alternatives to fireworks like noise and light-producing devices like sound systems, bells, pans, or tambourines to prevent debilitating and life-threatening injuries.

Also advised is the participation in community fireworks displays following minimum health protocols to prevent possible super-spreader events for COVID-19.

The DOH issued Department Circular No. 2021-0580 to guide the health facilities, local government units (LGUs), and other national government agencies to ensure the health and safety of the Filipinos during the holiday season.

It has also declared Code White Alert among its hospitals since December 20, 2021, to ensure readiness to respond to any emergency situation. LGUs are likewise encouraged to intensify the campaign on “Iwas Paputok” and enforcement of Executive Order No. 28 series of 2017 “Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices.”

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