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Northern Ireland - 2009

This statistical release gives details of the number of persons injured by fireworks in the Halloween period of the year 2009. The survey covered a four-week period from Saturday 17th October to Saturday 14th November and covers those injuries treated at A&E Departments and Minor Injuries Units (see Note 1).

Key Points

  • 30 persons were injured over the Halloween period of the year 2009, a decrease of 2 (6%) from the 2008 figure
  • 73% of persons injured over the Halloween period attended an Accident and Emergency Department or Minor Injuries Unit between 31st October and 6th November 2009
  • 80% of those injured were male
  • 53% of those injured were aged under 18
  • There were no fatalities
  • The most common sites of injury were to the wrist or hand (56% of all injuries) and the eye (13% of all injuries)
  • 27% required no further treatment, 27% were asked to revisit the A&E department, 17% were referred to a GP and 13% of persons injured were referred for Outpatients treatment.

Yearly Statistics


1. This information is collected via a special manual exercise carried out by A&E staff. It is conducted around a fixed four/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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