Jul 04, 2009
Fourth of July and Fireworks Safety in the Philippines
While the Philippines also celebrates Independence Day on July 4, Christmas and New Year's are their big fireworks season. I was there for Christmas in 1996 and remember tons of black and white safety posters plastered on walls all over town. The posters showed a four-fingered hand, with a terse warning about fireworks safety. Since then, they've gone to four-color and even more gore. Click image to be wholly grossed out.
Image from this article on fireworks injuries in the Philippines. Quote: "The total injuries [~800 between 21 Dec 2007 and 5 Jan 2008] were further broken down into 853 (98%) fireworks-related, 14 (2%) stray-bullet injuries and 2 (0.23%) watusi/firecracker powder ingestion. Three (3) deaths were reported - one died due to watusi (a kind of sparklers) poisoning and two died from non-neonatal tetanus secondary to fireworks injuries.... 35% of injuries were children 10 years of age and younger."