Happy Independence Day!
It’s that time of the year again! The days are longer, temperatures are rising and beach time is upon us. As we celebrate with family and friends, it is important to remember a few safety and eye care tips.
Fireworks can cause various bodily burns and eye injuries. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an average of 240 emergency room visits per day related to firework injuries in the days before, during and after the Fourth of July in 2013. Simple sparklers were the most often cited cause for injury. Illegal and homemade fireworks were related to all eight fatalities that occurred during that season. Most of these tragedies could have been prevented.
We recommend leaving fireworks to the professionals; however, if you choose to set off your own fireworks, you can avoid eye injury by:
- Wearing proper eye protection
- Following all safety instructions
- Never allowing children to use fireworks without close adult supervision
- Keeping a safe distance from fireworks displays
- Having a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of fire or related mishaps
Even with the best of intentions, accidents still happen. Typically this will be some form of burn on the body or eye injury. If you sustain any injury, seek medical attention promptly. The providers at Ludwick Eye Center are ready to assist with any eye injuries that may occur.
This Fourth of July, remember to wear eye protection and use caution to prevent eye injuries. May you and your family have a safe and thankful Independence Day!
Chad Tiede, O.D. – July 2015