DOH-9 pushes for community fireworks display Print
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:05

The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 9 is advocating for a community firecracker display  instead of individual use of firecrackers to avoid firecracker related injuries for the New Year celebration.

The move is also in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 28 providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Section 1 states that to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties, the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display.

Suzette Gonzales, Nurse of the DOH 9 Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU,) said in an interview that the DOH is currently pushing for the community fireworks display as this will provide more advantages compared to individual use of firecrackers.

The proposal is seen as more advantageous as it will enable the community to get together, national standards will be followed, and trained professionals will be doing the fireworks display.

Among the standards to be observed are the following:  the area for fireworks display must be 100 square meters, the area must be soft ground soil, there must be a safety area between firing area and spectators, fall out area of 50 meters, agencies such as the local government unit, police, barangay, and emergency services must be informed, area should be well lighted, fire extinguisher, water, and public address system must be ready, escape routes must be planned and briefed,  emergency exits announced, first aid station and where to get help, children should be under the supervision of their elders, and start the firework display on time so spectators will not become restless.

Meanwhile, the DOH said that it will not be complacent even if there are zero firecracker related incidents  and stray bullet  incidents in Zamboanga city from 2015 to 2017 and an ordinance banning the use, sale, possession, distribution, storage, and manufacture of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

“Hende kita compiansa that’s why the DOH is strengthening this advocacy. The DOH  and the hospitals are aiming for zero casualty this year,” Gonzales said.

As early as now they are advocating for the public to watch fireworks display and use other means to create noise other than firecrackers. (RGAAGo)