June 9, 2021
Important Eye Safety Rules for Fireworks
Fireworks are probably the most iconic part of every year’s Independence Day festivities.
The danger with fireworks is that a lot of people forget that they are explosives, and that’s how they caused 12 deaths and ten thousand injuries in 2019 alone (mostly between mid-June and mid-July), according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s report. 15% of those injuries were eye injuries.
What’s So Dangerous About Fireworks?
To anyone who has never been injured by fireworks, it might seem strange to think of them as dangerous, buteven sparklers burn as hot as 3000°F. Pieces of shrapnel or live sparks from a firework can easily cause permanent damage and vision loss if we aren’t taking precautions. We should be treating these explosives as dangerous and doing everything necessary to protect our eyes.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Our best advice for fireworks safety is tostay well out of range and enjoy a professional fireworks displaywithout ever actually handling them, but we know a lot of people love doing their own fireworks. (Still make sure they’re within the legal limits for the area, of course.) Here are a few rules to follow with those:
If an Accident Does Happen With a Firework
Accidents sometimes happen even when we’re being careful, and in those cases, the next steps are critical. If the injured eye has a piece of firework in it, do not try to remove it. Tape a cup over the injured eye to prevent the person from rubbing or touching it andgo straight to the emergency room. The sooner medical professionals can begin treatment, the better the chances are for recovery.
Have a Safe and Fun Independence Day!
We hope all of our patients are able to enjoy their 4th of July without any fireworks-related injuries getting in the way. If you’d like to know more about how to keep your celebration safe for the eyes of everyone involved, we’re happy to discuss it with you. Give us a call or send us an email.
We look forward to celebrating safely!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.