Prevent Blindness Offers Tips On What To Do If An Eye Injury Occurs
While many Americans spend the Fourth of July holiday with friends and family, some actually spend their time being medically treated for a fireworks injury. The latest report from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission found an estimated 8,700 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the Independence Day period. There were an estimated 12,900 fireworks-related injuries for the year. Unfortunately, many injuries are to children. In fact, children ages 10-14 years of age had the highest rate of emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries.
Prevent Blindness is a member of the National Fire Protection Association’s “Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks” and supports the development and enforcement of bans on the importation, sale and use of all fireworks and sparklers, except those used in authorized public displays by competent licensed operators. However, the group also warns that even professional displays can be dangerous, due to the erratic or unpredictable nature of fireworks.
In the event of an eye emergency, Prevent Blindness recommends:
“Every year, thousands of people are injured due to accidents involving fireworks. These happen in a split second, often to bystanders, and some injuries are so severe that permanent damage occurs,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We urge everyone to leave the fireworks to the experts and to always be vigilant, even during professional displays.”
For more information on the dangers of fireworks, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020, or visit preventblindness.org/prevent-eye-injuries-fireworks.