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RoSPA advises NI parents to stay vigilant

30th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is advising parents in Northern Ireland to ensure their children are aware of firework dangers.

Firework-related injuries in the four weeks around Halloween in 2012 fell 44 per cent from 2012, as 14 people were admitted to an emergency care department, representing the lowest number in Northern Ireland (NI) since records started.

Ten of the victims were aged under-18, with half of these between the ages of 11 and 17.

Ita McErlean, RoSPA’s home safety manager in Northern Ireland, said: "A reduction in the number of firework injuries around Halloween is a positive step, but with seven in every ten injuries affecting a child, we must remain vigilant in getting people to follow the firework code."

Mr McErlean warned that fireworks are not toys, stressing how they can possibly scar someone for life.  
He emphasised that safety needs to be put first and the firework code must be followed.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801655042-ADNFCR


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