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Fawkes Facts

Injuries related to fireworks have remained fairly consistent around the thousand level for the last years where statistics are available.

The separate collection of firework statistics ceased in 2008.

Most firework injuries are caused by rockets and air bombs, but the humble, but hand held, sparkler is also responsible for a high level of pain and injury. A sparkler – the mainstay of lots of family and back garden events - burns at 2000 degrees C.

Family and private parties account for around half the injuries.

Luckily most injuries require only first aid or outpatient treatment, but around a third of injuries affect the eyes. Burns are also associated with scarring, which mean that the impact can be life-long.

A third of injuries are to those aged under 13 and, across the age ranges, males are twice as likely to be affected as females.

In Northern Ireland, where there has been routine and systematic data collection since 1996, the trend is a clear reduction of injury over time with 14 injuries in 2012 compared to 202 in 1996.