Firecracker-Related Injuries Drop in 2016, According to DOH

Firecracker-related injuries from December 2016 to January 5, 2017 is 32 percent lower than last year, according to data from the Department of Health (DOH).

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In a press conference Friday, Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo disclosed that a

A total of 630 firecracker-related injuries were recorded from the period of December 21, 2016 to January 5, 2017.

DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said:

“As of 6:00 a.m. of January 6, 2017, a total of 630 fireworks-related injuries were recorded by the DOH sentinel sites. This is 319 cases or 34-percent less than the five-year [2011-2015] average and 292 cases or 32-percent less compared with the same period of last year.”

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Tayag, this year’s number is the lowest record of firecracker injuries since 2005.

The 630 cases included 627 firecracker-related injuries and three fireworks ingestion incidents The firecracker that caused the most injuries was piccolo with 192 injured; luces with 38; and 5-star and fountain with 32 each.

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