Can Fireworks-Related Injuries to Children During Festivities be Prevented?(Original Articles) (Report)

Can Fireworks-Related Injuries to Children During Festivities be Prevented?(Original Articles) (Report)

In South Africa, fireworks are widely used on New Year’s Eve, the 5th of November (Guy Fawkes Day) and for Diwali celebrations (Festival of Lights) during October/November. Fireworks injury studies have found a high incidence among children. In Australia, (1) 88% of emergency department attendees with fireworks injuries were under 18 years of age. In the USA, 85 800 children (average age 10.8 years) were treated over a 14-year period. (2) In Israel, (3) during the Jewish Purim Festival and Arab and Druze Id el-Adha holidays, 53% of those injured by fireworks were children under the age of 16 years. In New Zealand, 68% of the injured were children under the age of 15 years. (4) The consequences of fireworks injuries, especially among children, are not generally known. (5,6) Levitz (5) described 10 patients in South Africa under the age of 15 with ocular injuries due to fireworks in Johannesburg over the 1996/1997 New Year period.

Can Fireworks-Related Injuries to Children During Festivities be Prevented?(Original Articles) (Report)

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