Practice Fireworks Safety While Celebrating Independence Day

Fireworks-related injuries tend to occur in the month surrounding July 4, often affect young adults and children, and frequently impact a greater percentage of males as opposed to females. Also, sparklers can and do cause injuries to children because they can burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees (this is as hot as a blow torch used to melt metal!) Such injuries cause contusions and lacerations to the eye and sometimes cause foreign bodies to be lodged in a person’s eye.

This June WOA press release provides Information on the prevalence of fireworks-related injuries, including specific statistics. Also included are WOA’s recommendations for practicing fireworks safety as well as what to do to minimize damage to vision and eye health (and potentially save a person’s sight) in the event an accident with fireworks does occur.

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