The Fourth of July and fireworks celebrations are just around the corner. Prevent Blindness Georgia warns the public about the potential danger of fireworks. Injuries from fireworks can have a severe impact, even affecting lives years after the accident.
Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated in its annual report that there were an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States, with the majority of those around the Fourth of July holiday.
Of those injuries, 12 percent, or 600, were to the eyes. And in most cases, bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than the operators themselves. In fact, last year there were 100 eye injuries reported from viewing public fireworks displays.
Prevent Blindness Georgia offers these tips to help prevent fireworks-related injuries:
Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type.
Be aware that even sparklers are dangerous and cause one half of fireworks injuries in children 5 and younger.
Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks.
Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators but be aware that injuries can still occur.
Prevent Blindness Georgia continues to support the development and enforcement of bans on the importation, sale and use of all fireworks and sparklers, except for authorized public displays by competent licensed operators. The non-profit group believes such bans are the only effective means of eliminating the social and economic impact of fireworks-related trauma and damage.
“We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July,” said Jenny Pomeroy, CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia. “And we encourage everyone to celebrate this important holiday without the use of fireworks.”
For more information on fireworks safety, please call Prevent Blindness Georgia at 404-266-2020, log on to cts.vresp.com/ c/?PreventBlindnessGeor/ 922f50ec75/ 20802ff583/ af84995b3c or preventblindness.org/prevent-eye-injuries fireworks.