10 Safety Tips to Avoid Firework Eye Injuries

With Independence Day on the horizon, firework sales will be on the rise—and with them, unfortunately, firework eye injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, eye injuries related to fireworks increased from 600 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2014.

Eye injuries from fireworks can be extremely serious, such as ruptured eyeballs and chemical burns.  Despite the dangers, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology,  far more Americans are concerned about protecting their eyes while doing home repairs or housework than while handling fireworks.

To avoid firework eye injuries during the summer holidays, follow these 10 safety tips:

  1. When using fireworks, keep a bucket of water or hose close by.
  2. Douse used fireworks with water before discarding.
  3. Never let children play with fireworks.
  4. Do not pick up or relight fireworks that failed to ignite. Douse them in water and discard them.
  5. Only use fireworks outdoors in areas where they are permitted.
  6. Light fireworks one at a time.
  7. Always hold fireworks away from your face when lighting them.
  8. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
  9. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or purse.
  10. Wear protective eyewear when handling fireworks.

“There are very real dangers with handling consumer-grade fireworks. Take the proper precautions to keep yourself from sustaining unnecessary injuries,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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