Enjoy Fireworks Safely: Protect Your Eyes

 In Eye Care

Fireworks hold a special place in our hearts, captivating us with their brilliant colors and captivating displays on the 4th of July. But did you know that firework-related injuries have had an upward trend over the past few years? This report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that in 2022 there were 12,200 reported injuries from fireworks and 35% of those injuries were injuries to the eyes and face.

It’s essential to prioritize eye safety while enjoying these dazzling spectacles. We will explore valuable tips and guidelines to ensure you can enjoy the 4th of July fireworks while protecting your precious eyesight. We care about your safety here are a few valuable tips and guidelines to ensure you stay safe this holiday. 

Keep a Safe Distance: 

Maintaining an appropriate viewing distance is vital for both enjoyment and safety. This distance ensures you have a clear view while minimizing the risk of eye injuries from debris or sparks. Additionally, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that “65% of firework-related injuries occurred to bystanders.” Find out the recommended safety zone for watching fireworks and position yourself accordingly. 

Wear Eye Protection: 

Consider wearing protective eyewear, such as fireworks goggles, to safeguard your eyes from any potential hazards. Fireworks goggles are specifically designed to shield your eyes from bright lights, sparks, and flying debris. Invest in a pair of quality goggles to enjoy the fireworks worry-free.

Protect Children’s Eyes: 

Children should be supervised closely during fireworks celebrations. Teach them about the potential dangers of fireworks and the importance of eye safety. Ensure they are at a safe distance and wearing appropriate eye protection.

Consider Alternative Viewing Options: 

If you have concerns about eye safety, consider watching fireworks displays from a distance or exploring alternative viewing options. Many communities organize public fireworks displays that are professionally managed, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. Here is a list of professional fireworks shows across Utah! 

What to do if you get fireworks in the eyes?

This is what the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends. 

  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Do not rinse your eyes.
  • Do not apply pressure.
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen unless directed by a doctor.

And of course please call us any time of the day if you have a firework-related injury. We always have an on-call doctor that is happy to see you. 

Stay safe this 4th of July and have fun! 

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