Happy 4th of July!!
As many Firework Celebrations have been cancelled this year to encourage social distancing and safety, some of you may be thinking of setting off fireworks on your own. Whether you and your family and friends set off your own smaller fireworks or watch a professional show, it’s important to protect your eyes around fireworks.
Here are some pertinent reminders for your safety.
Eye injuries account for 19% of all injuries from at-home Fireworks or Sparklers! And 65% of those injured by fireworks were bystanders!
⚠️ Fireworks can rupture the globe of the eye, cause corneal abrasions, chemical burns or even retinal detachments.
⚠️ Sparklers are also dangerous as they burn at up to 2000°F!
⚠️ Observe fireworks from at least 500 feet away and wear protective eyewear.
⚠️ Fireworks should only be used in an open area, away from houses, grass, leaves and other flammable material.
⚠️ Only light one firework at a time.
⚠️ Never let young Children handle fireworks or even sparklers. Help them hold sparklers also. Young children may not know that they are burning at a high temperature and may wave them around.
⚠️ Older children should use fireworks only with adult supervision.
⚠️ Keep a bucket of water nearby for fireworks that failed to ignite or explode and to fully extinguish sparklers.
⚠️ Never light fireworks in a container.
⚠️ Light sparklers pointed away from you and never stand over a firework you are lighting.
⚠️ Never experiment with homemade fireworks.
⚠️ Observe local laws.
⚠️ Seek medical attention Immediately if you have experienced a fireworks or sparkler related injury!
We hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July Celebration!
~Dr. Chinn(s) and the Vision Care Team