Every year Americans spend millions on consumer fireworks which cause more than 9,000 injuries per year. With Independence Day just around the corner, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding everyone that fireworks can be dangerous and have the ability to cause very serious eye injuries.
- Always Remain Behind Safety Barriers
If you are attending a community fireworks event, pay close attention to safety barriers. Never consider crossing over barriers to get closer to the firework display. These barriers are in place for your protection. All spectators should remain 500 feet or more away.
- Monitor Children When Watching Fireworks
Children often get very excited when watching a fireworks display. Keep an eye on little ones to ensure that they don’t wander into unsafe areas. Fireworks move quickly, so children should be monitored at all times.
- Wear Protective Gear When Handling Fireworks
If you must handle fireworks, wear protective gear when doing so. Put on a pair of safety goggles that are appropriate for the job. Do not remove goggles until you are away from the fireworks area. This rule should apply whether you are responsible for prepping or launching fireworks.
- Know What to Do After a Fireworks-Related Eye Injury
Make sure you know what to do in case of fireworks-related eye injury. The first step is to seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub or rinse eyes and never apply pressure. No objects or substances should be placed in the eye.
If you have further questions regarding fireworks safety, consult an ophthalmologist. They will be able to answer questions which will allow you to enjoy a safe and happy summer celebration. Call Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan (1-800-237-EYES) today! They have 3 (three) locations to serve you in Dearborn, Livonia and Madison Heights.
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