Think Ahead to Stay Safe- 4th of July

No one likes to see a holiday end with a trip to the local emergency room. Our friends over at the American Academy of Ophthalmology have compiled great information on Firework Safety that we will be sharing this week. 
  • Fireworks safety tipsThe Academy advises that the best way to avoid a potentially blinding fireworks injury is by attending a professional public fireworks show rather than purchasing fireworks for home use.
    For those who attend professional fireworks displays and/or live in communities surrounding the shows:
    • Respect safety barriers at fireworks shows and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
    • Do not touch unexploded fireworks; instead, immediately contact local fire or police departments to help.

    For those who decide to purchase consumer fireworks because they live in states where they are legal, the Academy recommends the following safety tips to prevent eye injuries:

    • Never let young children play with fireworks of any type, even sparklers.
    • People who handle fireworks should always wear protective eyewear that meets the parameters set by the American National Standards Institute and ensure that all bystanders are also wearing eye protection.
    • Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyrotechnicians.

Please check out the full article at 
http://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety to make sure your family stays safe and ER-visit free this weekend!

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