Eye Injuries High During July 4th Weekend by Mike Eldridge

Remember to use eye protection while handling fireworks.

We Americans love to celebrate our nation’s birth. Typical Independence activities may include a long day at the beach, water sports, barbeques, and, of course, fireworks!

Great family memories of the 4th of July are no accident. More injuries are reported during the Independence weekend than any other time of the year. To make sure your family memories of the 4th of July are all happy ones, be aware and be prepared.

Of course you’ll need comfortable sunglasses for that long day in the sun, but don’t forget to protect your eyes during night activities as well.

The facts are astounding. Each year, over 10,000 Americans seek treatment in emergency rooms from fireworks-related injuries. Nearly half of these injuries occur during the July 4th holiday weekend. Most frequently, fireworks-related injuries involve the eyes — nearly a third of these ER visits are for serious eye injuries.

Fireworks can shoot off in the wrong direction. Precautions we all need to take when using fireworks:

  • Always have adult supervision
  • Always use protective eyewear
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest
  • Never relight a dud
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.

If an eye injury occurs, don’t touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention —

Prepare to have a Fun and Safe – 4th of July!