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Posted on 06-12-2018

June is National Fireworks Safety Month

Even though July is most strongly associated with fireworks, June is National Fireworks Safety Month. This gives educators time to spread information about the safe handling of fireworks, highlight dangerous varieties and handling methods, and get people thinking about how to best enjoy fireworks-heavy holidays like Independence Day. It's also important to get information out now because many people start shooting off fireworks before the 4th of July comes.

Crowd watching fireworks

The Hazards of Improper Fireworks Handling

There are many hazards that arise when fireworks aren't handled carefully. One of the biggest of these is the threat of permanently-degraded vision or even blindness. A firework that goes into your eye isn't just a forcefully-projected foreign object, but one that is hot enough to severely burn your eye.

How Can You Keep Your Eyes Safe?

The best way is to follow common safety tips when handling fireworks.

  • Never light them when they're aimed at your face. When lighting firecrackers that are on the ground, be sure you're not looking down from directly above them when you ignite the fuse.
  • Always put fireworks on the ground before lighting. Never aim them at someone else!
  • Remain aware of what other people are doing. Be sure that no one is aiming any fireworks at you, especially at parties where alcohol is flowing freely. Stay well out of the way of anyone you see mishandling fireworks.
  • Be wary of sparklers. It is a common misconception that these are safe. In reality, they can burn at over 2,000 degrees, and their standard operation is to spew sparks everywhere. Never hold one of these too close to your face.
  • Stay out of the way of any projectile-firing items. Bottle rockets, confetti shooters, and similar things are especially dangerous.
  • For even more protection, wear impact-resistant safety glasses.

Contact Our Local Eye Doctor Today

For more tips on protecting your eyes from fireworks and other hazards, just give us a call here at Sevigny Associates Eye Care. Our doctor of optometry and our staff will be glad to help. We have offices in Sebring, Wauchula, Arcadia, and Lake Placid; all in Florida.

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