Filipinos love to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang. Sadly, there is a grim side to the revelry, too.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), nearly 600 cases of firework injuries and wounds from stray bullets were reported by the morning of January 1st, 2014, from across 50 hospitals nationwide.
Firework injuries are often caused by attempting to re-light used firecrackers, watching fireworks displays from an unsafe distance, and using firecrackers which have already been prohibited in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, injuries from stray bullets happen when gun owners fire their weapons in celebration of the new year.
You need to be prepared and know what to do in case of emergencies on New Year’s Eve. Here are some useful first aid tips.