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The Department of Health warns the public about the ban on fireworks.

To avoid injury, the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public on Wednesday to refrain from using forbidden and unauthorized firecrackers.

This comes after the Firework-Related Injuries Surveillance Report revealed that, as of December 29, injuries caused by fireworks had climbed by 108 percent, with 25 instances reported from December 21 to December 29, compared to only 12 cases reported for the same time in 2020.

Region 6 (Western Visayas) accounted for more than 36% of the cases, with Region 1 (Ilocos Region), the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the National Capital Region (NCR) each accounting for 12%.

According to a news release from the Department of Health, the majority of the injuries were sustained by minors aged 9 to 16, with more than half of the cases including blast/burn injuries that did not necessitate amputation. However, amputation was required in around 28% of the cases, or seven.

The leading causes of injury were prohibited firecrackers such Boga, 5-star, and Piccolo, according to the report.

To avoid disabling and life-threatening injuries, the DOH recommended the public to put safety first and use noise and light-producing devices such as sound systems, bells, pans, or tambourines instead of fireworks.

“The public may also choose to participate in community fireworks displays while adhering to minimum health procedures in order to avoid dangerous Covid-19 super spreader incidents,” it added.

Department Circular No. 2021-0580 was published by the Department of Health to guide health facilities, local government units (LGUs), and other national government agencies in ensuring the health and safety of Filipinos throughout the holiday season.

Since Dec. 20, 2021, it has issued a Code White Alert to all of its hospitals to guarantee that they are ready to respond to any emergency circumstance.

LGUs are also asked to step up their “Iwas Paputok” campaign and execute Executive Order No. 28 series of 2017, “Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices,” which was issued in 2017.

Visit https://bit.ly/LigtasChristmas2021FAQs or the Healthy Pilipinas website at www.healthypilipinas.ph for further information on how to avoid fireworks-related injuries, first-aid, and other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on health and safety during the holiday season.

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