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Northern Ireland - 2011

This statistical release presents information on the number of persons injured by fireworks and treated at emergency care departments in Northern Ireland during the 2011 Halloween period. The 2011 Halloween period covered the four-week period from Monday 17th October to Monday 14th November 2011. (see Note).


Key Points

During the 2011 Halloween period:

  • 25 persons reported to an emergency care department with a firework related injury, 22 less than in 2010, and the lowest number since the data collection began in 1996 (Table 1).
  • Four fifths (20) of those injured were aged under 18 (Table 5).
  • Almost nine in ten (88.0%) persons injured were male (Table 6).
  • The 25 persons attending emergency care had a total of 28 firework related injuries. The most common site of injury was to the wrist or hand (53.6% of all injuries) (Table 7 & Figure 5).

Yearly Statistics


Information presented in this brief is collected annually over a four week period between mid-October and mid-November using the Fireworks Injuries return (FWK1). The FWK1 information return records all persons reporting to hospital emergency care departments for the first time with an injury caused directly by fireworks. The return was introduced as an interim measure to monitor the volume of persons presenting at emergency care departments during the Halloween period with injuries from fireworks until such time as a functional patient level dataset became available.

Detailed notes and definitions are shown here, Notes.

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