June is Fireworks Safety Month

Firework Safety Month Tips from our Redding Optometrist

June is Fireworks Safety Month, a time that is used to educate people on what they can do to keep themselves safe around all types of fireworks. It is sponsored by Prevent Blindness America in an effort to help prevent all types of injuries, including those to the eyes. Here are some important tips you should remember if you are ready to see dazzling colorful lights:

The Dangers of Fireworks

Even fireworks that are sold to consumers are dangerous. People tend to think that sparklers are safe for children to use, but this is a big misconception. This firework burns at almost 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. The shooting sparks can go anywhere, including in the eyes, on the clothing, and on the skin. It is best to keep children away from anything that hot, that requires fire, or that shoots sparks. Snaps are actually a bit safer since they ignite on contact with the ground after being thrown.

Other types of fireworks that are available, such as roman candles, artilleries, rockets, fountains, and cakes, should only be handled by adults. Place them on the ground in a suitable spot and never try to hold them. You run the risk of burns to your hands, face, and body if something goes awry with the firework.

Firework Safety Tips

No matter what type of fireworks you are doing, make sure that you use proper safety procedures. Here are a few:

  • Wear eye protection
  • Stay away from the firework
  • Light the firework and get away
  • Watch from a safe distance
  • Have a bucket of water nearby to douse duds

Even though fireworks at home are a part of life for many people, there is another option. Public firework displays put the hazardous job in the hands of professionals. You can sit back and enjoy a vibrant show if you go to a public display instead of taking matters into your own hands.

Get Emergency Care at Redding Eyecare Center

Contact our Redding optometrist center if you have suffered an injury to your eyes due to fireworks or personal injury. Give us a call at (530) 222-1233.

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