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MMDA urges parents to set examples to children by not lighting firecrackers on New Year revelry

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) — With few days more before the New Year revelry, and the firecrackers victims continue to rise especially the victimized children, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday urged that parents should set examples to their children by not lighting firecrackers in welcoming the New Year to prevent firecracker accidents.

In agency’s weekly radio program, Dr. Loida Alzona, head of the MMDA health public safety and environmental protection, said that based on surveys, children usually emulate elders especially parents in whatever they do.

“Children who see their parents use firecrackers are more likely to do the same and parents must set good examples to their kids and not just through constant reminders of the dangers of firecrackers before the New Year revelry. We can celebrate through other means," Alzona said.

She warned that firecrackers cause injury and even death with children as the most vulnerable victims.

The MMDA has become a partner of the Department of Health (DOH) in its campaign against the use of firecrackers.

She also said thick layers of white cloudy fog or smog blanket the metropolis after New year celebrations.

Alzona said that those who do not use firecrackers in welcoming the New Year also help those with heart and lung ailments.

Days before the New Year revelry, the DOH has already recorded an increase in the number of people victimized by firecrackers.

In PNP’s record, in all 73 reported incidents, 40 people have been injured by firecrackers while stray bullet victims has risen from to 11 in different parts of the country, then six also reported unauthorized discharged of firearms while 1,340 illegal firecrackers worth P760,000 were confiscated.

Not less than 40 persons were victimized by stray bullets from December 2012 to January 2, 2013 and this include the seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella of Caloocan City, who got hit on the head causing her death. (PNA)

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