Posted by: Bryan B. | July 2, 2012

Keep Your Eyes Safe this Fourth of July

As many of us here in the Midwest have noticed, summer has begun. With each day of 90+ degree temperatures, we are reminded that the Fourth of July is quickly approaching.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year there are over 9,000 injuries  from misuse of fireworks and 2,700 of these injuries are to the eye. Of those 2,700 injuries, 25% lead to some kind of vision loss or permanent blindness.

Richmond Eye Associates has some interesting numbers on how fireworks accidents:

  • Almost one in twenty fireworks-related eye injury victims lose all useful vision or require removal of the eye.
  • Data from the United States Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than operators themselves.
  • 44 percent of the injured are children ages 19 years old and under.
  • 72 percent of the victims were male.

Nothing will ruin your Fourth of July celebration faster than having to make a trip to the emergency room. has passed along the following ways for you to be safe:

  • Never let children play with fireworks of any type.
  • View fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
  • Leave the lighting of fireworks to trained professionals.
  • Respect safety barriers that allow pyro technicians to do their job safely.
  • If you find unexploded fireworks, do not touch them. Immediately contact your local fire or police departments

If you do feel compelled to shoot off your own fireworks, here’s a tip: avoid bottle rockets. Bottle rockets are responsible for the most eye related injuries.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.



  1. Safety glasses are available at my local fireworks stand, however very few people buy them.

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