Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons want to make sure that you are prepared to watch fireworks safely during your Independence Day celebration. Annually, thousands of Americans are injured using fireworks. Eyes are among the most injured body parts, and one in six fireworks-related eye injuries results in permanent vision loss or blindness. Other injuries from fireworks include cuts, burns, abrasions, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, and rupture of the eyeball.
Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons would like to offer some helpful safety tips to prevent eye injuries:
- When handling fireworks, wear protective eyewear.
- Never let young children play with fireworks of any type. If older children are permitted to handle fireworks, ensure they are closely supervised by an adult and wear protective eyewear.
- Clear the area of flammable materials and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyro-technicians.
Be aware and practice eye safety so that you can enjoy the Fourth of July!