The 4th of July is almost here, and with the picnics, family gatherings, parades and celebrations come FIREWORKS! We all love watching the beautiful display of glitter in the sky. We jump and scream for each loud BOOM! Here comes the reality check, fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Below are some fireworks safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. WV Eye wants everyone to have a wonderful and safe 4th of July and summer in general. Please use the safety tips provided to help reduce the chance of a serious eye injury.
Fireworks Safety Tips – From the AAO June 12, 2019
- The best way to avoid a potentially blinding fireworks injury is by attending a professional, public fireworks show rather than purchasing fireworks for home use.
- If you attend or live near a professional fireworks show:
- Respect safety barriers, follow all safety instructions and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
- Do not touch unexploded fireworks; instead, immediately contact local fire or police departments to help.
- For those who decide to purchase and use consumer fireworks in states where they are legal, follow the safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Sparklers, a firework often considered by many to be the ideal “safe” device for the young, burn at very high temperatures and should be not be handled by young children. Children may not understand the danger involved with fireworks and may not act appropriately while using the devices or in case of emergency.
- Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- Do not allow any running or horseplay.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning or “dud” fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Go to https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety to read the full article.