Anyone caught with illegal fireworks risks not only up to 15 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, but also themselves, their family, friends and the community at risk.â Anyone in possession of illegal fireworks should contact WorkSafe`s advisory service on 1800 136 089 so that they can be picked up. This study described the characteristics of fireworks-related injuries in Victoria using all available data. The main findings were that, despite the legislation, injuries caused by fireworks still occur and that children are the most affected. Hospitalizations were much older than those in the emergency room. The reason for such an age difference may be related to access to more dangerous fireworks by teens and adults, and some sampling biases may also apply. Men were injured more often than women, and this finding is consistent with previous reports.2–6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 32 In Victoria, fireworks deaths are rare, as in other countries.4, 7 The Melbourne Fire Brigade recorded one death in 198733 and the National Injury Surveillance Unit recorded one death between 1979 and 1995.34 These figures likely reflect the fact that: that Victorians have less access to the most dangerous types of fireworks. after restrictions on sales and use in 1985. However, the use of fireworks and pyrotechnics is a tightly controlled industry in Victoria and throughout Australia, which means many people don`t know where to start when it comes to getting their hands on fireworks. Make sure your fireworks are conducted by an experienced Victoria Law professional to light fires in public places, light fireworks, and intentionally destroy property with fire.
To report the illegal use of fireworks, contact Victoria Police if the matter is urgent or Worksafe Victoria on 1800 136 089. Most of the injuries sustained by emergency room participants were caused by fireworks and sparks. Although the sparks are sold legally, it was impossible to use the data to assess the legal status of the remaining fireworks. In general, a law cannot completely prevent people from receiving, making or using fireworks. Injuries can result from both legal and illegal fireworks.4, 9 Therefore, in order to develop other countermeasures, it is important to thoroughly investigate the type of fireworks that cause injury. In the absence of historical data prior to the enactment of the law, the impact of the law could not be assessed. In the past, however, some studies have been conducted on burns and accidents in children and adults in Australia. MacLeod reported that out of 461 causes of burns in adults between 1963 and 1967, four were caused by fireworks.35 Stitz said that of the 194 cases of burns in children at the Royal Brisbane Hospital between 1967 and 1970, six were caused by fireworks.36 Similarly, Savage and Leitch found that in children, 1% of burns were caused by fireworks.37 Blicavs and Savage reported very few injuries from fireworks and admissions to Adelaide Children`s Hospital,38 and Masterton et al. stated that flame-burned patients admitted to Alfred Hospital between 1973 and 1974 were not flame-burned patients.39 Until now this One year, WorkSafe seized 1270 individual fireworks that were delivered or confiscated by Victoria Police. against more than 7000 in 2019. Cases admitted to hospitals between July 1987 and June 1996 were identified using the Victorian Inpatient Minimum Dataset (VDI)28. TDIV is a record of all hospital admissions throughout Victoria and uses the Codes of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD9).
In addition, the Coroner`s Death Database (July 1989 to June 1994), the 29th, the Victoria Minimum Emergency Data Set (VEMD) and the Elvis Database (Extended La Trobe Valley Injury Surveillance)30 were searched. ELVIS is an injury data collection based on a general practitioner (1994-95) in the La Trobe Valley region. THE VEMD was gradually introduced in 24 emergency rooms in Victoria`s public hospitals from October 1995 and records the details of the injuries treated. This national database has replaced the VISS database described above. Search strategies included the use of CIM9 E code for fireworks (923.0), factor code (product code), and text fields such as fireworks, fireworks, rockets, and sparks. 1 In this Act, the term «fireworks» includes cannon firecrackers, fireballs, fireworks, mines, Roman candles, shooting towers, squibs, torpedoes and all other explosives designated by order as fireworks.