DOH considers banning firecrackers

Posted at 12/25/12 3:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines -  The Department of Health on Tuesday said it might consider recommending a partial or total ban on firecrackers if firecracker-related injuries continue to rise.

DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said health officials have recorded 44 firecracker-related injuries as of December 24, 2012. He said the National Capital Region leads all other regions in firecracker injuries, with 14.

He said one man from Compostela Valley lost 3 fingers after picking up a "super lolo."

Tayag said historically, more firecracker injuries are reported during the New Year celebration.

He also said a partial or total fireworks ban could be in the offing if more Filipinos are injured by firecrackers.

"If we see the same numbers this year, then we might consider recommending a partial ban or total ban -  a ban that can be discussed with other stakeholders," he said.

The health spokesman said local governments such as Davao have imposed total bans on firecrackers. Some countries have also banned firecrackers in residential areas, he said.

He also said fireworks displays also have risks, noting that one 18-year-old female got conjunctivitis after watching a fireworks display in UST.

"Organizers must consider distance of spectators and fireworks, and also the fallout," he said,