Many people will be buying their own fireworks to set off for the 4th of July, but health authorities are reminding you to exercise caution.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year fireworks were involved in about 9,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. More than 5,600 of those were around the 4th of July holiday.
One of the most injured areas on the body besides hands are the eyes. The number of eye injuries caused by fireworks nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017.
Lisa Januskey is an optometrist with Precision Eye Care in College Station. She joined First News at Four to discuss the issue. She warns that many injuries from fireworks lead to partial or full vision loss.
See the video player for the full conversation and consolidated advice from Dr. Januskey below.
- Keep a safe distance from fireworks: A recent study found that bystanders account for 65% of people injured by fireworks.
- Don't pick up duds and misfires
- Supervise children closely: Sparklers seem like harmless fun for children, but they cause about 1,400 eye injuries each year. Even tiny poppers or snappers can be dangerous.
- Wear protective eyewear: Buy American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved safety glasses for the entire family.
Furthermore, Dr. Januskey's practice, Precision Eye Care, is offering on-call treatment for eye injuries suffered during the holiday. Text (979) 985-5305 to request assistance.