Ahh, the fourth of July, one of America’s greatest holidays. Sunshine, barbeques, and fireworks are a must! As much fun as it all is, we just want you to remember the dangers of fireworks! More than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen each year and about 80% of those injuries harm the eyes. These injuries include burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachments, and optic nerve damage. The absolute best way to avoid these injuries is to attend a public professional display instead of DIY: Firework Edition. However, for you pyromaniacs out there, here are some tips to keep your household as safe as possible while setting off fireworks at home.
- Never let children play with fireworks
- Wear protective eyewear
- Leave the professional grade fireworks to the professionals
If an eye injury does occur, seek medical attention immediately! Rubbing or irritating the eye will most likely worsen the condition. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy fourth!!