on Tuesday, July 3, 2012
While Fourth of July is known as a time to celebrate the independence of the United States, it is also a time where fireworks safety is important. Did you know that of the 9,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, 21 percent of those injuries affect the eyes? More than half of the victims of fireworks injuries are young children or teenagers. In fact, 2 out of 5 people injured by fireworks in 2010 were under the age of 15.
All fireworks have the potential to be dangerous; especially to your eyes. They can cause third degree burns, eye lid lacerations, corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, eye muscle damage, and even complete blindness. While the idea of these potential eye injuries are alarming, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of fireworks during Fourth of July.
Here are some fireworks safety tips that will help you protect your eyes:
Talk to children about the dangers of fireworks.
Never let children handle any type of fireworks; even if it seems harmless. A common firework that causes eye injuries is a sparkler because it is held at such a close distance to the face.
Don’t use fireworks at home. Leave the fireworks to professional pyrotechnicians.
Always view fireworks from a safe distance.
Be mindful of barriers set up in viewing areas for fireworks
If you find unlit fireworks, don’t try to handle them yourself. Contact your local fire department in order to remove or dispose of them.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July from all of us here at CooperVision!