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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-50

Fireworks injuries - epidemiology and prevention

Department of Plastic Surgery, Smt Shardaben hospital, Saraspur, Ahmedabad, India

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Devesh R Mehta
Professor and Head, Department of Plastic Surgery, Smt. Shardaben hospital, Saraspur, Ahmedabad
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An epidemiological Study dealing with patients injured by fireworks from November 2001 to November 2004. In this period there were 50 injured patients, with a predominance of males; the age group most affected was below 12 years. Burn accidents occurred with greatest frequency during Deewali, between 8 p.m. and midnight. The most frequent injury-causing agents were firecrackers, sparklers and rockets. The upper limbs, head and neck were the most affected parts of the body. It is suggested that the domestic use of fireworks of any kind should be supervised and that their use in public firework displays should be strictly regulated

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