In the Netherlands the general public can legally use fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Despite the fact that the public is well aware of the dangers of fireworks, fireworks accidents occur in which the victims suffer a variety of injuries. In addition to burns, injuries to fingers and/or hands are most common. However, injuries to the eye, which can also involve facial trauma, frequently occur as well. Trauma mainly occurs as a result of the destructive effects of the wave of pressure released by the explosion. The best preventive measure would be to prohibit the use of fireworks by amateurs. Until such time, people should be advised to wear protective fireworks glasses when outside so that damage to the eyes from legal fireworks at least can be prevented.
M. Bahalou Hore
|Onderzoek en wetenschap
|8 december 2017
|Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 124 - editie 12 - December 2017; 619-623