Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4 | Health
- Avoid purchasing sparklers. Heating up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, sparklers are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.
- Discuss firework safety with children and teens prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
- Do not allow kids to handle fireworks, and never leave them unsupervised near fireworks.
- Wear protective eyewear when lighting and handling fireworks of any kind.
- Store fireworks, matches and lighters in a secure place where children won’t find them.
- Be aware of your surroundings and only light fireworks when family, friends and children are at a safe distance.
“If a firework-related eye injury does occur, always follow up with a full eye exam,” said Dr. Spetalnick. “An optometrist will help ensure that the injury heals correctly and can monitor for potential future vision problems.”
To find an optometrist in your area, or for additional information on how best to protect your eyes during the Fourth of July holiday, please visit www.GOAeyes.com.The Georgia Optometric Association is a statewide professional organization representing over 750 doctors of optometry located in communities throughout the state of Georgia. Founded in 1904, the GOA and its members work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care services. For more information visit www.GOAeyes.com, find us on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/iqoYhA or follow us on Twitter @GOA_eyes.