We Americans love to celebrate our nation’s birth. Typical Independence Day activities include a long day at the beach, water sports, barbecues, and, of course, fireworks.
Great family memories from the 4th of July are no accident. They take careful planning both for the event itself as well as for the prevention of mishaps. To make sure your family memories of the 4th of July are all happy ones, be aware and be prepared.
Be aware that more injuries are reported during the few days surrounding Independence Day than at any other time of the year. Consider the following statistics.
- Each year, over 10,000 Americans seek treatment in emergency rooms from fireworks-related injuries.
- Nearly half of those 10,000 injuries occur during the July 4th holiday.
- Nearly a third of these ER visits are for serious eye injuries caused by fireworks.
Be prepared by taking precautions, starting with comfortable sunglasses for that long day in the sun to protect against the cumulative damage from sun exposure. But remember that eye protection shouldn’t end when the sun goes down. Since fireworks can shoot off incorrectly and unexpectedly, take the following precautions when using them.
- Always have adult supervision.
- Always wear protective eyewear. Even spectators, including children, should don protective eyewear during non-professional fireworks displays.