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Northern Ireland 2013 - Area

HSC Trusts

Latest Position (2013)

In 2013, 17% of all persons injured reported to emergency care departments in the South Eastern HSC Trust and 83% in the Southern HSC Trust (Table 2).

Table 2: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, by HSC Trust (2013)

HSC Trust Total Firework Injuries
Belfast 0
Northern 0
South Eastern 1
Southern 5
Western 0
Northern Ireland 6

Figure 2: Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, by HSC Trust (2011)

Figure 2: Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, by HSC Trust (2013)

Annual Trend

Between 1996 and 2013, the number of persons injured from fireworks and presenting at emergency care departments in Northern Ireland decreased significantly from 202 to 6. Following the introduction of the new legislation in 2002, the number of persons injured reduced from 136 in 2001 to 38 in 2002, but increased to 97 in 2007. However, since 2007, the number injured from fireworks decreased by 93.8% (91), from 97 to 6 in 2013 (Table & Figure 1).

When compared with the Halloween period in 2012, the number of persons injured has reduced by more than half from 14 to 6 in 2013, the lowest number since records began in 1996 (Table 1 & Figure 1).

Table 3: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, by HSC Trust (2009 – 2013)

HSC Trust 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Belfast 7 16 7 5 0
Northern 4 9 3 1 0
South Eastern 4 2 1 0 1
Southern 11 15 7 5 5
Western 4 5 7 3 0
Northern Ireland 30 47 25 14 6

Figure 3: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period by HSC Trust (2009 – 2013)

Figure 3: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period by HSC Trust (2007 – 2011)

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