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Basic Fireworks Safety

firework safety tips to prevent eye injuries

Every year, the numbers prove to be true: fireworks are dangerous. While we recognize fireworks are especially festive this time of year, it’s an especially risky time for eye injuries.

The most recent Consumer Product Safety Commission report found that 19% of fireworks injuries were eye injuries. A firework-related injury can cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions, and retinal detachment. The most frequent victims are young adults and children. 

However, most of the people who experienced injuries weren’t handling the explosives themselves. In fact, 65% of people injured by fireworks were innocent bystanders.

We aren’t trying to put a damper on all the fun. The doctors at VisionFirst want you to enjoy all of the summer celebrations but with caution. So, we’ve put together a few tips to keep you and your family safe and steps to take if you happen to experience an eye injury.

Fireworks Safety Tips

Attending a professional, public fireworks show is the safest way to experience all the fun and “wow” moments without the “ow” moments! 

If you are celebrating at home, keep these precautions in mind to have a safe and enjoyable fireworks show.

Here are a few safety precautions to keep in mind:

What to Do for a Fireworks Eye Injury

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, fireworks-related eye injuries can combine blunt force trauma, heat burns, and chemical exposure. 

These injuries are considered medical emergencies. Do not wait to make an appointment with a VisionFirst doctor. You should seek medical attention immediately.

Take these immediate steps in the unfortunate event that an eye injury from fireworks occurs. 

An average of 280 people per day goes to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries. Don’t be another statistic this weekend. Take precautions and stay aware.