As sure as the sun rises tomorrow, Filipinos will light up firecrackers or fireworks to welcome the New Year.
It is not only a long-standing Filipino tradition of ushering the entry of another year with a bang. It is also based on the common belief that the loud noise produced by firecrackers will drive away bad spirits that bring about bad luck. The noisier, the better.
However, what most believe and hope to bring good luck sometimes brings misfortune instead. Lighting up fireworks and firecrackers have accompanying hazards. One of this is it may cause fire.
In relation to this, TxTFIRE founder Gerie Chua and his son Gerik Chua came out with the following fire safety tips:1.) Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers; 2.) Never point or throw fireworks at another person; 3.) Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash; 4.) Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks; 5) Never try to re-light or pick up firecrackers that have not ignited fully and lastly, never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
If your clothes catch fire, remember to stop, drop and roll.
Gerie also advised the public to save fire department telephone numbers, particularly 911 & TxTFIRE Volunteers telephone: 8-561-1111.
In ending, Gerie stresses that nothing still beats totally avoiding firecrackers and fireworks.
Since using firecrackers also usually cause serious cases of burns, eye injuries and amputations, the Department of Health (DoH) also issued tips to avoid firecracker-related injuries.
Based on news reports, the tips are topped by a call that children should never use or light firecrackers. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially when children use sparklers.
Persons who have drunk alcohol should never light fireworks or firecrackers. Light fireworks or firecrackers outdoors and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks or firecrackers.
Light just one firecracker at a time. Do not hold a firecracker while lighting it. Never pick up “failed” or dud firecrackers as these can still explode.
In case of firecracker poisoning, the DoH said the affected victim must be taken away from the smoke caused by the exploded firecrackers. Make sure that he breathes properly and then seek professional help.
The DoH also strongly advises against ‘self-medication’ specially in worst cases.
The best thing to do is to go to the nearest clinic or hospital so that the injury may be treated properly and the poisoning be arrested correctly.
Every year, authorities issue warnings and advisories left and right and yet, there are still casualties. Wish you all a safe and happy New Year!!!
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