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Play It Safe with Fireworks

POSTED ON June 13, 2012

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Approximately 2,000 eye injuries occur each year because of fireworks. Fireworks are exciting, fun and entertaining but they are also dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. This time of year approximately 11,000 people visit the emergency room due to injuries from fireworks and 18 percent of these visits involve an injury to the eye. Children should never be allowed to handle fireworks. Two-thirds of firework-related injuries are sustained by young people under the age of 25. Ten percent of these young people injured suffer ...

Approximately 2,000 eye injuries occur each year because of fireworks.

Fireworks are exciting, fun and entertaining but they are also dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. This time of year approximately 11,000 people visit the emergency room due to injuries from fireworks and 18 percent of these visits involve an injury to the eye.

Children should never be allowed to handle fireworks. Two-thirds of firework-related injuries are sustained by young people under the age of 25. Ten percent of these young people injured suffer permanent damage, such as the loss of an eye, finger or hand.

Illegal firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles account for two-thirds of fireworks injuries, but you may be surprised to learn that seemingly harmless sparklers also cause numerous injuries. Small children are fascinated by the bright sparks produced by sparklers. Sparklers account for three-quarters of fireworks injuries for children under five.

Keep in mind that the safest way for your family to enjoy fireworks this summer is at a professional display.

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