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July - Fireworks and Eye Safety
Most Americans really like the tradition of celebrating their Fourth of July the American way – barbecues, family gatherings, and lots and lots of fireworks. Of course, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye, and this is especially prevalent when it comes to mishandled fireworks. Some of the most common injuries that result from fireworks are cuts and lacerations that come from a flying shrapnel or sparks. Most of the time, simple sparklers are the biggest culprit, although larger fireworks can cause more serious and permanent damage.
In 2009, just a few years ago, fireworks were the cause of more than 8,800 trips to the emergency room, and over 50% of those visits were from children and young adults under 20 years old. Just shy of 50% were the visits from adults, proving that damage can happen no matter how old or “responsible” you are.
This Independence Day, stay safe by following these helpful eye safety tips.
First of all, protective eye gear is a must. Even if you tape sparklers to your ears and hold Roman candle fights with your neighbor across the fence, certified protective eye goggles will at least keep your eyes safe (although we can't vouch for the rest of your body!). In all seriousness though, wear some sort of eye protection when lighting or even handling fireworks.
Talk to your kids about firework safety so that they understand the risks involved. Most of the injuries to children involving fireworks are more the result of negligence and improper supervision than anything else. Your child might learn from his mistakes, but some mistakes are too costly to chance. On the day of the celebration (or anytime, really) keep all young kids away from the fireworks and don't let them handle any. Older children should be allowed to use them at your discretion, but pay very close attention to what they are doing. Don't leave them unsupervised for even a minute.
Children love to play with sparklers – for me it was a childhood favorite – but make sure they use protective eye gear while holding a lit sparkler. Despite the childhood joy gained from these items, sparklers reach more than 1,800 degrees when lit and cause more injuries to children than any other type of firework combined. If you choose to eschew sparklers altogether this July, nobody will hold it against you.
When it comes to bottle rockets and larger fireworks, always be aware of who and what is around you before lighting any (and also check the legality in your state!). Children as well as adults can come up behind you quietly for a better look, and this in itself can cause some injuries.
Have fun this July and above all be safe!
Remember nothing beats a healthy diet with the right balance of Vitamins and Minerals when it comes to preventing an Eyesight Problem.
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