Fireworks - have fun but stay safe


It’s that time of year again when children and adults look to the skies and celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. From simple sparklers to the bangs and colours of missiles and rockets families across the nation will be enjoying organised events and back garden fireworks.

But did you know that fireworks can damage your eyes? Every year, in the UK, around 300 people suffer serious eye injuries because of accidents involved fireworks, and ten of them lose their sight.

OutsideClinic Professional Services Optometrist said: “Fireworks are great fun but enjoy them safely. Fireworks can cause blunt force ocular trauma, chemical and thermal burns. It’s best to attend a professional display if you can or follow all safety suggestions.”

We are urging people to follow these safety tips to keep you and your eyes safe!

  • If you can visit an organised display – it’s the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
  • Wear appropriate protective eyewear when handling, lighting or near fireworks. They can be worn over your regular glasses.
  • Always hold sparklers at arm’s length and dispose of them in a bucket of water.
  • Keep your distance while lighting fireworks.
  • Never return to a lit firework.
  • Always supervise children and never give sparklers to children under the age of five.
  • Ensure you are buying fireworks that meet British standards.

If anyone does suffer a firework eye injury seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub or rinse the injured eye or apply any ointments in the eye area. If you do, it could increase any damage and make it more difficult for a specialist to provide treatment.

When done carefully, fireworks can be a lot of fun for all the family, so whatever your plans are we wish you a great time celebrating with friends and family.


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