Prevent Eye Injuries from Fireworks this Upcoming Holiday
- Posted on: Jun 22 2016
We all love a warm long weekend filled with sunshine, barbecues, and fireworks! Don’t ruin your long weekend with ocular trauma caused by nonprofessional firework play.
-19 percent (1,200) of hospital injuries during the July 4th holiday were to the eyes. Sparklers accounted for 1,400 injuries, firecrackers (1,400) and bottle rockets (100).
-40% of fireworks injuries were to children under age 15.
-For children under 5 years old, sparklers accounted for the most estimated injuries for that specific age group.
-There were 11 fireworks-related deaths in 2014.
Follow these tips to prevent eye injury and harm this upcoming Independence Day:
-Do not let children play with fireworks.
-Do not purchase or use store fireworks.
-Only attend public firework displays. These displays are conducted by licensed firework operators.
Click here to learn more about firework safety.
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