4th Of July Firework Eye Safety Tips from the Optometrist
Fireworks are impressive, beautiful, and a lot of fun, but being around fireworks also means being careful about eye safety. These fun items that are a part of celebratory occasions are also explosives; they ignite, explode, and can send shrapnel out into the crowd. At Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas, NV, we see an array of eye injuries, but especially around the Fourth of July. Here are a few safety tips you should keep in mind as the holiday approaches so you can prevent eye injuries.
1. Carefully examine the label of every firework before ignition.
Every firework must have usage and safety directions printed clearly on the package. Take the time to read these instructions before lighting a firework to avoid something unexpected happening because you make a mistake.
2. Wear safety goggles if you are lighting fireworks.
Anyone tasked with lighting fireworks should wear safety goggles to protect their eyes from parks or shrapnel. It is even a good idea for children playing with sparklers to wear safety goggles as well.
3. Allow enough space between you and the fireworks.
If you are lighting fireworks, make sure you do not ignite any that have a very short fuse. You should light the fuse and step away quickly to get to a safe viewing spot. If a firework has a short fuse, it will not allow you enough time to get to a safe distance before it explodes.
4. Never aim fireworks at anyone.
Throwing even a small firecracker at someone or aiming a bottle rocket into a crowd can have dangerous consequences for everyone involved. Never aim fireworks in any direction where people are standing and make sure everyone keeps a safe distance during the show.
Talk to Us About Eye Safety and Fireworks
If you are having a hard time explaining the dangers of fireworks to your children or you would like to know more about staying safe through the Fourth of July holiday, your eye doctor can help. Reach out to Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas for more information.