As the 4th of July approaches, eye safety should be at the top of all fireworks users mind. According to some recent statistics from Prevent Blindness America, injuries to the eye accounted for 16% of fireworks injuries in 2013, with 40% of injuries occurring in children under 15 years of age. These injuries often occur to people who are only watching the fireworks display. Many erroneously believe that sparklers are safe and even give them to their small children. Sparklers accounted for 31% of injuries in children under five. Because sparklers burn at 1200F, they are not a safe firework for children. To prevent eye injuries, it is best to avoid fireworks altogether, and at a minimum wear safety glasses. If an injury does occur, medical treatment should be sought immediately.
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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*