Eye Safety on the Fourth of July

June 26, 2012 — by Keith Miller
Tags: Eye Protection Eye Safety

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

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