Fireworks Safety

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Keep Safety In Sight This 4th of July

 

The sights and sounds of a fireworks display are a traditional part of a 4th of July celebration. Unfortunately, fireworks can also lead to another annual tradition - a trip to the emergency room.  Approximately 6,400 Americans are treated annually for fireworks-related injuries during the 4th of July holiday period. And of those, almost 1,300 are treated for injuries to the eye.

 
Every year, as many as 400 Americans lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks.

Here's some more eye-opening facts about fireworks-related eye injuries:

·        Children under 16 account for 60% of fireworks-related eye injuries.

·        Almost half of fireworks injuries happen to bystanders.

  • The fireworks that cause the most injuries are bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers.

 

This public service message was provided courtesy of Dr. Monica Allison.  Dr. Allison owns and practices at Stone Oak Vision Source located at 19202 Stone Oak Parkway Ste. 106 across from Walgreens and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, the Vision Source network includes more than 1,500 offices in all 50 states.

 

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