4th of July means BBQs and fireworks. It can be a fun holiday, but for thousands this year, bodily injury and eye injury will occur.
Injuries occur to both bystanders and the handlers of the celebratory explosives. Unfortunately, fireworks are marketed as toys – implying safety, but as you read, fireworks can cause serious bodily injury and eye injury.
Here are some tips to avoid eye injuries from fireworks – for both you and your children.
Significant and permanent damage can occur from a ruptured globe (ruptured eye), retinal detachment, chemical and thermal burns and corneal abrasions.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that nearly 1300 eye injuries caused by fireworks occurred in 2014 as reported by emergency rooms. There were barely 600 cases reported in 2012.
Nearly half the injuries are sustained by spectators. Of that, 35% are children under the age of 15.
Most eye injuries are caused by bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers. The heat generated by sparklers can exceed 3000 F depending upon the fuel and oxidizer used which can cause significant burns and even ignite clothing.
Happy fourth of July! Celebrate responsibly and enjoy the holiday. I wish you and your family a very safe holiday.
All the best,