The Danger of Fireworks

To many of us, the most patriotic thing in the world to do on July 4 might be to celebrate by lighting fireworks. However this year many physicians are warning their patients not to do their own fireworks show. Fireworks cancause serious damage to your eyes as well as to the rest of your body. In 2009 US hospitals treated close to 8800 patients because of damages caused by fireworks. More than half of these injuries came from people under the age of 20. The second most common part of the body that these people injured were their eyes.

If an eye injury does occur:

DO NOT try to remove any objects that are protruding from the eye.
Flush your eyes with water to remove any particles present.
Cover the eye loosely for your comfort and immediately seek medical help.

However it might just be best to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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