Every year, thousands of Americans suffer from eye injuries due to fireworks. Nearly half of those injured are not the ones handling the fireworks, but bystanders. Children account for 35% of eye injuries due to fireworks. The most serious injuries include ruptured globes, retinal detachments, and chemical burns which can result in permanent blindness. The following video and safety tips can help you and your family enjoy a fun and safe Fourth of July!
Never allow young children near fireworks and make sure bystanders are at a staff distance. Wear safety goggles while lighting fireworks.
If an injury occurs:
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not rinse your eyes
- Do not apply pressure
- Seek medical help immediately
- Do not remove any objects that may be stuck in the eye
- Do not apply any ointments or take aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinners.
Have a happy and safe July 4th celebration!