Happy Independence Day!

Barbeques, pool parties, fireworks, and freedom. July 4th’s celebration of our country’s independence is an enjoyable holiday for family and friends. While most folks enjoy fireworks from a safe distance, firework-related eye injuries become a concern for those launching their own patriotic firework display. In 2014, an estimated 7,000 firework injuries occurred between June 20th and July 20th. 1,300 of these injuries involved the eye. Please leave fireworks to the pyrotechnic professionals, for your health as well as bystanders. Stay safe out there and enjoy the holiday!!

 

For more information and guidelines, please check out this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety

For more statistical information regarding firework injuries: https://www.cpsc.gov/Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/Fuel-Lighters-and-Fireworks/Fireworks_Report_2014.pdf

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