Celebrating America’s independence on the 4th of July is never complete without watching fireworks light up the night sky. Although watching the fireworks display is a great bonding activity for you and your loved ones, it can put you at risk of sustaining eye injuries if you don’t take proper precautions.
Your eye care specialist from Park Slope Eye shares five tips on protecting your eyes as we celebrate Fireworks Eye Safety Month this June.
1. Fireworks Displays Are Better Left to the Experts
We suggest attending professional fireworks shows instead of purchasing your own fireworks. Expert pyrotechnicians have the necessary training and skills when it comes to lighting various kinds of firecrackers and fireworks. This way, you and your family will have a safer and more enjoyable time with the festivities.
2. Wear Proper Safety Eyewear
Always wear safety eyewear when watching fireworks display shows. Your eye specialist suggests looking for a pair with polycarbonate lenses, which feature excellent durability and impact resistance.
3. Stay Away From the Fireworks Grounds
Observing the fireworks from a safe distance is a good idea to keep your eyes protected. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends maintaining a distance of at least 500 feet from where the fireworks are being lit.
4. Be Careful When Handling Sparklers and “Duds”
Although sparklers may seem small and harmless, they can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees, increasing your risk of eye burns or trauma. Another common cause of fireworks-induced injuries is picking up “dud” fireworks. Keep in mind they may still go off after a few minutes, which is why you should avoid relighting them. Douse them with water before approaching and cleaning them. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to remove traces of gunpowder or other chemicals that may irritate your eyes.
5. Visit Your Reliable Eye Center Immediately After an Injury
If you sustain injuries from fireworks, head to your trusted eye care clinic immediately. Avoid rinsing, rubbing or applying pressure to your eye. You should also refrain from applying topical agents or taking medications because they may contain certain substances that could worsen the situation.
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