June 2016 is Fireworks Eye Safety Month

PCVI and many other eye health providers support the sound warnings regarding firework eye safety. With the Fourth of July only a matter of weeks away, it’s important to review reminders that can serve as a real protection.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in thousands of injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year.

Most fireworks injuries occur during the one month period surrounding the Fourth of July.

Do Not Let Children Play With Fireworks

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July, but there are precautions parents can take to prevent these injuries. The best defense against kids suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any fireworks.

These Six Steps Can Help Save Your Child’s Sight

If an accident does occur, minimize the damage to the eye. In the event of an eye emergency:

If possible leave fireworks to the professional displays that are held at various venues on the Fourth of July.

(Thanks to PreventBlindness.Org)

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