NAGA CITY – The province of Camarines Sur tops the list with the highest number of firecracker incident. From eight (8) injuries last year, it almost doubled up with 24 confirmed cases recorded as of January 2, 2011.
Kwitis, which is allowed under the law, recorded the highest number of firecracker injury reported in six (6) cases here in the province. It was followed by piccolo, which consistently occupies the top cause of injury during Christmas celebration and New Year revelry in other parts of the country.
Other firecracker injuries were attributed to Lucis, baby dynamite, bawang, plapla, firecracker powder, baby rocket and whistle bombs. One stray bullet was also recorded by the Camarines Sur Provincial Health Office (PHO).
This year’s campaign to lessen if not totally ban the use of firecrackers was ironically launched here in Camarines Sur, now recording the highest number of firecracker incident among the provinces in the region.
Dr. Nestor Santiago, Department of Health, Bicol Regional Director during the launching of Kontra Paputok here, said that their campaign is mostly focused in safeguarding the children.
“Through the years, children are the most vulnerable victims of firecracker injuries. That’s why our campaign also goes with the parents to supervise their children, if lighting those prohibited firecrackers cannot be avoided, or totally abandon the idea of even lighting a wick of a firecracker.”
As of January 2, there were five (5) firecracker injuries recorded covering children below ten (10) years old; eight (8) cases with injured victims aged 11-20 and eleven (11) cases with victim’s age from 20 years old and above. Out of the 24 firecracker victims, 19 are male while 5 are female. (LSMacatangay)