RoSPA Safer Fireworks


Northern Ireland 2007 - Notes

  1. This information is collected via a special manual exercise carried out by A&E staff. It is conducted around a fixed four- or five-week period in order to minimise the data collection burden on staff and to ensure comparability from year to year. It does not therefore include injuries from fireworks outside the survey period and will not include injuries which were not sufficiently serious to warrant attendance at an A&E Department or Minor Injuries Unit.

  2. The source of the information is the annual Fireworks Injuries return FWK 1.

  3. All persons reporting to hospital Accident and Emergency Departments and Minor Injuries Units for the first time with an injury caused directly by fireworks are included in the return.

  4. Follow-up attendances at Accident and Emergency Departments and attendances at Minor Injuries Units on referral from Accident and Emergency Departments are not included.

  5. The return for the year 2008 covered a four-week period from Friday 17th October to Friday 14th November inclusive. Information for previous years reported in this release covers four- or fiveweek periods around Halloween.

  6. Recording of information on place where injury occurred and type of firework involved was not mandatory.

Additional Information

Further information on fireworks injuries in Northern Ireland is available from:

Office Information Manager
Hospital Information Branch
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Annexe 2
Castle Buildings
Tel. 028 9052 2800

Internet address: