A rocket-propelled munition releases a blast from behind the rocket once it is fired. The risk of injury from this "backblast" depends on a number of factors.


Risk factors for being injured or killed in a backblast:

(1) being within the danger zone behind the rocket

(2) firing the rocket from an enclosed space

(3) failure to wear ear protectors or other personal protective equipment

(4) high energy blast


Ways to reduce the risk:

(1) blast energy suppression

(2) wearing ear plugs, eye protection and personal protective equipment

(3) not firing from an enclosed space if possible

(4) standing to the side during the rocket ignition


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