Piccolo causes 3 in 5 injuries

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

MANILA -- Firecracker-related injuries ahead of the New Year revelry is now almost 200 and majority of them are caused by the illegal scratch banger, Piccolo.

Based on Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR) Report No. 8 of the Department of Health (DOH), there are now a total of 198 fireworks-related injuries as of December 29 (6 a.m.).

“The figure is 11 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was at 179,” said the DOH report.

The DOH report said that a total of 192 injuries caused by firecrackers and fireworks, led by the 119 (62 percent) caused by Piccolo.

Piccolo is commonly used by children aged less than 10 years old owing to its being low-priced and easiness to use since it only needs to be scratched in a rough surface for it to be ignited and explode.

This is despite Piccolo being among the declared illegal firecrackers. Other illegal firecrackers are Atomic Big Triangulo and Super Lolo and their equivalents, Lolo Thunder, Bawang (large), Pla-pla, Watusi, Kwiton, Giant Whistle, Judas Belt (large), Og, Atomic Bomb, Goodbye Philippines, and Kabas.

Because of this, DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag reminded parents to supervise their children closely in order to prevent them from using firecrackers, especially Piccolo.

“Children that were injured most likely used Piccolo. Parents should remind their children not to use these firecrackers and to stay away from places where firecrackers are exploding,” said Tayag.

Other top injury causes are unknown firecrackers (12), kwitis (12), 5-star (8), and boga (7).

A total of 170 (89 percent) of those injured had sustained blast injuries not requiring amputation while two (1 percent) had blast injuries needing amputation.

There are no new cases of stray bullet injuries as well as firecracker ingestion and remained at five and one, respectively.

The DOH also reported that there remain to be no death from fireworks-related injuries ahead of the New Year revelry. (HDT/Sunnex)

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