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'Ingat pa rin': Public reminded of possible hazards in safer firework alternatives


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Filipino shoppers start buying party horns at Divisoria Market in Manila on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, days before the 2023 New Year celebrations.

The STAR / Walter Bollozos


MANILA, Philippines — Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition reminds parents to supervise the purchase and use of merrymakers this 2023, as many of the "safer" alternatives to fireworks still pose threats to children.


Many Filipinos opt for torotots, light-up hand clappers, spinning pens and wands to welcome the New Year every year not thinking that they too have their own dangers if one's not careful.


"Seemingly harmless alternative merrymakers used during the New Year’s Eve revelry may contain loosely attached parts that can get disconnected and swallowed by a child posing choking, internal burn and/or chemical hazard," warns Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition.


Full Story: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/31/2234436/ingat-pa-rin-public-reminded-possible-hazards-safer-firework-alternatives


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