Fireworks Safety – Proceed with caution!

Fireworks Safety – Proceed with caution!

Fireworks Safety – Proceed with caution!

Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie, but did you know that two out of five fires reported on that day are started by fireworks, more than for any other cause? The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with
just a few simple safety tips: fireworks safety
After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over,
they may still be active.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
If you allow children to play with sparklers, have them wear eye protection because the tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Facts!

 The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44.
Nearly 90% of emergency room fireworks injuries involves fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

That 80-90% of overall UV damage to our eyes is accumulated before the age of 18! Like skin damage from UV exposure, we now know occurred for the most part from exposure before the age of 18. Kids in UV protected sun glasses is highly recommended. Protect their eyes just like you do their delicate skin!

Water & contacts don’t mix. To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub. Alternatively, wear goggles.

The lenses in children’s eyes do not block as much UV radiation as they do in adults’ eyes, putting them at increased risk for sun damage to the eyes.

Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss. Glaucoma can strike without pain or other symptoms and is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), early detection and treatment is critical to maintain healthy vision and protect the eyes from the effects of potentially blinding diseases, such as glaucoma.

Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness. Learn the risk factors for this disease? Having a close family relative with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) puts you at higher risk for developing the disease yourself.