1 Eye Safety Awareness Week The American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) and the United States Eye Injury Registry (USEIR) sponsors Eye Safety Awareness Week from June 27 July 5. Currently the United States Eye Injury Registry has over 13500 severe eye injury reports in its Database and of these approximately 5 of the eye injuries are due to fireworks. 2 Source of Eye Injuries Source United States Eye Injury Registry - 2002 3 Fireworks Related Injuries Approximately 12000 Americans are treated in Emergency Departments annually for fireworks related injuries. Of these approximately 20 are eye injuries. As many as 400 Americans loose vision permanently in one or both eyes each year due to eye injuries caused by fireworks. 4 Do not use Bottle Rockets! The United States Eye Injury Registry has targeted bottle rockets as the major source of fireworks-related eye injuries. Data from the United States Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are injured by fireworks more often than operators themselves and bottle rockets are the single most commonly implicated device causing severe eye injury. The majority of those injured are young males. 5 Types of Fireworks Causing Eye Injuries Source United States Eye Injury Registry - 2003 6 When Eye Injuries Due to Fireworks Occur Most fireworks eye injuries occur around the Independence Day Holiday with a second large group of injuries occurring during the New Years Holiday. 7 When Serious FireworksEye Injuries Occur Source United States Eye Injury Registry - 2003 8 For A Safe Independence Day Celebration Attend professionally sponsored public fireworks displays! 9 Setting of Injuring Fireworks Source United States Eye Injury Registry - 2003 10 For A Safe Independence Day Celebration USEIR statistics show that 69 of eye injuries caused by fireworks occur at home. 11 For A Safe Independence Day Celebration If you use fireworks follow these safety rules 12 Safety Suggestions
Never use bottle rockets!
Both operators and spectators should wear safety glasses or safety goggles.
Never put fireworks in glass containers tin cans or clay pots since these objects can shatter.
13 Safety Suggestions
Never allow young children to play with fireworks.
Provide close adult supervision if older children use fireworks.
Sparklers often thought of as the safe firework and given to small children burn at 1800 degrees
Fahrenheit (nearly hot enough to melt gold) and cause
third degree burns. Use only with great caution!
14 Safety Suggestions
Never use illegal or homemade fireworks.
Read and follow manufacturers label instructions. Fireworks without these labels should not be used!
Never try to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
Always have a fire extinguisher or large container of water on hand to douse fireworks that misfire.
15 Safety Suggestions
In case of an eye injury
Do not touch rub or press on the injured eye.
Do not remove foreign object from the injured eye.
Loosely cover the injured eye with a paper or plastic cup to prevent additional injury.
Seek immediate care from an Ophthalmologist or Hospital Emergency Room.
16 Have A Safe Independence Day Celebration! Attend professionally sponsored public fireworks displays on the Fourth of July a safe and patriotic way to honor our tradition of independence freedom shared values and hopes for a healthy future.
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