The Fourth of July is this coming Monday and with it comes the fun of fireworks. As our mother’s use to lecture us, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. There are over 2,000 fireworks-related eye injuries that happen every year. Eye injuries include ocular burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachments, optic nerve damage, and even ruptured eyes. At best these types of injuries are very painful, but at worst, they can be permanently and irreversibly debilitating. We want to remind all of San Jose to be careful this 4th of July.
- Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators.
- If you are a spectator, stay at a safe distance and wear eye protection. A significant percentage of injuries related to the eyes actually happen to bystanders.
- Adults handling fireworks should always wear safety goggles.
- Never hold a firework while lighting it, never stand over a firework while lighting it, and never approach a firework that you thought was lit but that didn’t go off. Douse all of these “duds” with water before approaching them!
- Never let children light fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep unlit fireworks and lighting devices away from other fireworks, and never store fireworks.
If for some reason you are injured on the 4th of July, seek medical assistance immediately! Meanwhile, do not rub your eyes, do not apply pressure to injured eyes, do not rinse injured eyes or apply any type of ointment, and do not remove objects stuck into your eyes. Also do not take any blood-thinning pain medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon! Here is a list of fireworks shows in the Bay Area in case you haven’t made up your mind where you want spend your Monday at sunset.