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Perceived Risk and Risk-taking Behavior During the Festival Firework

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Objectives : To investigate the relationship between perceived risk and risk-taking behaviors during the Iranian Last Wednesday Eve Fireworks (ILWEF).

Methods : A random sample of 2475 Tehranian households were asked on perceived risk of injury, risk-taking behaviors, experience of injuries, and their perception of ability to manage the harmful events during the ILWEF.

Results : Lower perceived injury risk and higher perceived ability of managing an injured household member were associated with participation in fireworks practice and incidence of injury.

Conclusion : These findings can be of practical importance to increase safety during festivals by improving risk perception in the community.

Keywords: firework; injury; perceived risk; perception; risk; safety

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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