A total of 434 people were treated for fireworks related injuries at the emergency rooms of Dutch hospitals over New Year's, a decrease of 8 percent compared to the year before. The number of victims under te age of 15 increased from 99 last year to 119 this year, according to a joint study by VeiligheidNL and broadcaster NOS.
A total of 473 people were treated for firework injuries in the nearly 90 emergency departments in Dutch hospitals over New Year's, according to research done by NOS and VeiligheidNL. That is slightly less than the 480 people treated for fireworks injuries last year.
The decrease in fireworks injuries was much smaller this year than in the previous two years. In both 2015 and 2016 there was a 14 percent decrease, according to the broadcaster.
The vast majority of people in the Netherlands have no idea what to do to give first aid if someone's eye is hurt by a firework, according to the Red Cross. The aid organization launched a website with the most important thing to do with different firework injuries until professional help can be reached.
According to the Red Cross, 77 percent of the population do not know how to give first aid for eye injuries caused by fireworks. And only 13 percent gave the correct answer on a detailed follow up question on the subject.
At least twelve people, including three young children, seriously damaged their eyes in various accidents involving fireworks on New Year's Eve, according to the Eye Hospital in Rotterdam
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and the Environent is banning the sale of Baby Rockets and Roman Candles to individuals. These fireworks cause many injuries each new years, especially to eyes, and Mansveld hopes to reduce these casualties.
They Eye Hospital (Oogziekenhuis) in Rotterdam admitted 10 victims of firework injuries during New Year's. In 7 cases the injury caused permanent damage to the patient. More victims are expected in the next few days.
Eight people sustained eye injuries to the point where they lost the sight in one eye, due to accidents with fireworks. One of the victims lost an eye, it's not clear yet it that will be the fate of the other victims as well. So far 46 eye injuries have been reported, but the number is expected to go up in the next few days, reported Eye Hospital Rotterdam today on behalf of the Dutch Ophthalmic Association (NOG).