We hope you have a blast this July 4th but we feel obligated as your friend and a healthcare provider to remind you to please be careful! According to the 2011 Fireworks Annual Report produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2011”. Furthermore, injuries to individual’s hands and fingers accounted for an estimated 46 percent of the injuries and it was also estimated that about 17 percent of the injuries seen occurred to individual’s eyes. The point here is that fireworks can certainly be fun but they can also cause devastating injuries if not handled very carefully!
The folks with the American Optometric Association (AOA) took the time to put together a couple of tips to help protect you and your family over this holiday celebration. Please have a happy and safe Independence Day!
The AOA recommends the following tips to help protect your eyes this Fourth of July holiday:
• Discuss firework safety with children and teens prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
• Do not allow kids to handle fireworks and never leave them unsupervised near fireworks.
• Wear protective eyewear when lighting and handling fireworks of any kind.
• Store fireworks, matches and lighters in a secure place where children won't find them.
• Refrain from purchasing sparklers. Heating up to 2,000 degrees or hotter, sparklers are the number one cause of firework injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.
• Be aware of your surroundings and only light fireworks when family, friends and children are at a safe distance.