RoSPA Safer Fireworks : Statistics : Northern Ireland : 2013
RoSPA Safer Fireworks

Statistics - Northern IrelandStatistics

Northern Ireland - 2013

A survey of fireworks injuries has been carried out annually since 1996 following the enactment of legislation allowing the sale of fireworks in Northern Ireland. The Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations (Northern Ireland) came into operation in 2002, making it compulsory for anyone wishing to purchase, possess and use fireworks for a garden display, to obtain a license.

The main purpose of this survey is to assess the effect of the legislative changes since 1996 and the impact of fireworks awareness, safety and enforcement campaigns delivered by the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSSPS) in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in cooperation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).


Key Points

During the 2013 Halloween period:

  • Over the 4 week period, six persons reported to an emergency care department in Northern Ireland with a firework related injury, 8 less than in 2012, and the lowest number since the data collection began in 1996 (Table 1).
  • Of the 6 persons injured two were aged under 18 (Table 5).
  • All 6 of the persons injured were male (Table 6).
  • The 6 persons attending emergency care had a total of 6 firework related injuries. The most common site of injury was to the face/head/neck (3 injuries) (Table 7).

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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