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Wednesday is Fourth of July! At Visibly Better Eye Care we love this patriotic holiday, but also want our patients to be mindful of the dangers of fireworks. We recommend that our patients watch a professional firework show. However, we found this great article about some must follow eye safety tips for those of you who will be handling fireworks. You can read the article in its entirety by clicking on this link: https://www.eyecare2020.com/blog/2012/06/time-to-celebrate-vision-safety-tips-for-4th-of-july-fun , whether you decide to watch a professional firework show or put on your own, always follow the instructions on the package and handle with care.
For those of you interested in the shortened (SPARKLERS) version here are some simple but important guidelines to follow when celebrating with fireworks and sparklers:
- Shield your eyes with protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
- Plunge sparkers into a bucket of water or sand as soon as they have burnt out.
- Always have a bucket of water or sand nearby when handling fireworks or sparklers.
- Read the directions on each and every box of fireworks or sparklers and follow them carefully.
- Keep all unused fireworks in a safe place, away from children, until you need them.
- Leave fireworks that fail to go off. You should never return to a lit firework. Place the “dud” in a bucket of water.
- Ensure that you stand a safe distance away when fireworks are being lit.
- Remove all dangerous or flammable objects from your firework display area.
- Stay alert about where your pets and younger children are when handling fireworks and sparklers.
If a firework-related eye injury does occur, always follow up with a full eye exam.
Also, be sure to check with your local community to see if your fireworks displays are still scheduled.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July and remember to check our blog regularly for more helpful information and insights.