A nine year-old boy from Tondo, Manila is the first firecracker-related victim this year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Sunday.
Assistant Health Secretary, Dr. Eric Tayag said via Twitter that the boy sustained injuries, without mentioning any specific site for the wound, from using piccolo, a scratch-banger type firecracker.
The DOH stated the piccolo is among the firecrackers where the most injuries resulted from.
In the same day last year (Dec. 22, 2012), there were seven injuries recorded in the same period.
According to the DOH, the number of firecracker-related injuries have reduced by eight percent from 2,021 cases in 2011 to 931 in 2012.
Health Secretary, Dr. Enrique Ona, meanwhile, urged the public, especially children to use alternative noisemakers to firecrackers such as Filipino-style trumpets or “torotots” for safer, injury-free holiday celebrations.
Tayag also encouraged dancing to the beat of American pop star, Katy Perry’s hit song, “Roar” as another fun and health alternative to firecrackers.
Another suggestion to substitute to purchasing firecrackers, was to donate the money meant for it to disaster-hit individuals. PNA