Keep Your Eyes Safe this 4th of July!

July 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Happy Birthday America! The Fourth of July is a fun holiday where many families and friends gather around a BBQ to celebrate the nation’s birth.  The holiday also consists of a very traditional element – fireworks. While fireworks can be beautiful and grand, there are some that are very dangerous.

Because of injuries due to fireworks, approximately 5,000 Americans were sent to the emergency room during the Fourth of July holiday in 2008, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). About 1,000 of those injuries were to the eyes.

Yikes! In addition about 45 percent of fireworks-related injuries occur to children under the age of 14. And every year, 400 Americans lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks.

Think about this: a sparkler burns at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit – image what it can do to a child’s eye.

Those are scary facts. So please celebrate safely this 4th of July and leave fireworks in the hands of professionals.

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