The Dutch government plans to ban firecrackers before the end of the year, in an effort to make New Year's safer. Firework sellers will also be obliged to give their customers safety goggles and stable firing tubes for rockets, RTL Nieuws reports based in information from insiders in The Hague.
New Year's celebrations with fireworks in the Netherlands generally go hand-in-hand with dozens of firework related injuries, and this year was no exception. The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam already admitted eight people with a total of 10 injured eyes. And dozens of people were admitted to hospital with burns and other firework related injuries.
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
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).