THE Department of Health (DOH) regional office in Central Luzon has issued a reminder to ensure the safe celebration of New Year.
The agency informed the public of the basic first aid for firecracker poisoning, which is among the leading cases of hospitalization during the holiday season.
If human skin is exposed to firecrackers, DOH advised the public to immediately wash the affected area with running water and remove the poisoned clothing of the victim.
If the eyes are infected, it must be washed up with water for not less than 15 minutes while seeking immediate professional medical care.
Victims are discouraged from forcefully vomiting out the firecracker if ingested, rather go to the nearest hospital immediately for proper medical attention.
DOH also reminded the public anew to refrain from using any firecrackers to avoid any untoward incidents.
The agency noted that aside from wound and tetanus, firecrackers may also cause or trigger respiratory problems, among others.