Fireworks Are Responsible For Many Eye Injuries
Along with parades and cookouts, the 4th of July holiday also means fireworks. Unfortunately, every 4th of July sees about 11,000 individuals go to the emergency room because of fireworks-related injuries. Of those total injuries, 18 percent involve the eyes, and eye injury is second only to skin burns. Bottle rockets account for a whopping 15 percent of eye injury from fireworks.
Fireworks-related eye injuries can devastate lives since one-third results in permanent eye damage and one-fourth in partial vision loss or blindness. Unfortunately, children under 15 are the most frequently injured. Additionally, sparklers, many children’s favorite firework, are the source of 10% of injuries caused by fireworks and can burn at 1,800 degrees, which is hot enough to melt gold.
Attending a public display of fireworks on the 4th of July is by far the safest way to enjoy fireworks since professional shows rarely lead to spectator injury. Not so with non-professionals fireworks. However, regardless of how unsafe they might be, non-professional displays continue to be a popular way to enjoy the holiday.