According to the National Fire Protection Association:
In 2009, 27% of the 8,800 reported fireworks-related injuries were eye injuries.
39% of all those injured were under the age of 15.
Sparklers and small firecrackers account for 47% of injuries.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Only use fireworks in a state wherein fireworks are legal.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, or see where fireworks are stored.
- Always have at least one adult present and supervising fireworks activity.
- Use safety eye wear when lighting fireworks.
- Remember that sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees and can easily injury a child’s eye, face, or extremity.
If an eye injury occurs:
- Go directly to a hospital emergency room.
- Do not rub or rinse the eye(s).
- Do not apply pressure. Prevent any further contact with the eye(s).
- Do not apply any kind of medicine or ointment.
*Taken From First Vision Media Group 2012