NATIONWIDE – As far as firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets go, they may seem harmless, but some eye doctors said they’re really not.
The American Academy of Opthamology said there are 10,000 fireworks related injuries at U.S. Emergency departments each year.
Most of those cases involve children and many of them suffer eye injuries. They said legal fireworks, bought for kids by their parents, cause most of these injuries. The doctors group stated there is no such thing as a safe firework.
They also said sparklers are responsible for most firework-related injuries among children under the age of five. Sparklers may seem harmless, but they’re much more dangerous than they come across. They burn at temperatures of 1,800 degrees that’s hot enough to melt some metals.
Another misconception is that it’s safe to watch nearby fireworks as long as you don’t light or throw them.
The AAO stated bystanders are injured by fireworks just as often as the operators. For more information on fireworks safety, log on to cpsc.gov.