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Northern Ireland - 2007

These statistics give details of the number of persons injured by fireworks in Northern Ireland in the Halloween period of the year 2007. The survey covered a four-week period from Wednesday 17th October to Wednesday 14th November and covers those injuries treated at A&E Departments and Minor Injuries Units (see Note 1).

Key Points

  • 97 persons were injured over the Halloween period of the year 2007, an increase of 28 (41%) from the 2006 figure.
  • 63% of persons injured over the Halloween period attended an Accident and Emergency Department or Minor Injuries Unit between 31st October and 6th November 2007.
  • 87% of those injured were male.
  • 77% of those injured were aged under 18.
  • There were no fatalities.
  • The most common sites of injury were to the wrist or hand (43% of all injuries) and the face, head or neck area (26%).
  • 27% were asked to revisit the A&E department and 20% of those injured were referred to their GP. Thirteen persons were admitted to hospital or transferred to another hospital.

Yearly Statistics

Note:

1. This information is collected via a special manual exercise carried out by A&E staff. It is conducted around a fixed four or five week period in order to minimise the data collection burden on staff and to ensure comparability from year to year. It does not therefore include injuries from fireworks outside the survey period and will not include injuries which were not sufficiently serious to warrant attendance at an A&E Department or Minor Injuries Unit.

Detailed notes and definitions are shown here, Notes.

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