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Firework safety appeal from MLA

12 October, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA, Cathal Boylan has urged people to continue the trend of last year and ensure that injuries caused by fireworks over the Halloween period follow a downward pattern.

Speaking today the Newry and Armagh MLA said;

‘Between 17th October and November 14th last year, there was a reported 32 cases of firework related injuries throughout the North. While this was a welcome 67% drop from the previous year, when the figure was 97, I would appeal to everyone to remain vigilant and continue to try to eradicate this problem.’

‘The vast majority of those injured were male, 26 in total, (or 81%), whilst 66% or 21 of those injured were under the age of 18, with the age group most affected being between 11 and 15 years of age. The most common form of injury was to the hand and wrist, 19 (53%), whilst eye injuries accounted for 8 (22%).’

Mr Boylan continued;

‘The fireworks which caused the most injuries were ‘rockets’, (35%) and ‘bangers’, (30%) and of those injured 45% were in the public street, while 35% occurred at family, private or semi-public parties.’

‘In conclusion, I would welcome the fact that there was a great fall in the number of injuries last year, I hope that the message continues to be heard that fireworks, particularly those fireworks bought from unofficial sources, may seem like fun, but they can also be very dangerous and to use them responsibly. I would also call on all those people, especially young people, who will be using fireworks this year to show consideration for the elderly and animals throughout this period.’

‘By all means enjoy the festivities at Halloween, but be safe and do not let what should be a bit of fun turn into a nightmare, the consequences of which could be scars or disfigurement which last a life time.’ CRÍOCH

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