Miami, Florida (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
As July 4th celebrations often include fireworks, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute urges families to celebrate with caution this Fourth of July holiday. The dangers of consumer fireworks include blindness, as well as injuries to the head, face, and hands.
"Fireworks are one of the most dangerous activities, in terms of eye injuries," said Kendall Donaldson, M.D., cornea and external disease specialist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. "Each year hundreds of people end up with terrible eye injuries and burns from fireworks, and a lot of the victims are bystanders and children. There is just no way to safely use fireworks at home. Even sparklers can permanently damage the eye. Sparklers are not toys and children should not be holding them. The only safe way to see fireworks is to go to a professional fireworks show.”
If you plant to attend a public fireworks show as part of your July 4th celebration:
For those who decide to purchase consumer fireworks in states where they are legal, we recommend the following safety tips to prevent eye injuries:
Last year, nearly 5,000 consumers were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the four weeks surrounding their Fourth of July holiday due to fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face. Injuries to the eye include burns, lacerations, abrasion, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage and ruptured eyeballs. About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.
If you are injured from fireworks:
Stay safe as you celebrate the Fourth of July.
About Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is ranked the best eye hospital in the nation, as published in U.S. News & World Report. The Institute demonstrates exceptional expertise in every ophthalmic subspecialty treats more than 250,000 patients and performs more than 12,000 surgeries annually. Bascom Palmer has patient care facilities in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, and Plantation, Florida.