The 4th of July is approaching quickly! Not everyone thinks about preventing eye injuries around fireworks, but we all should.  Fireworks bring joy and excitement to celebrations, but they also pose risks, especially when it comes to eye injuries. By taking preventive measures, we can enjoy fireworks safely.  Let’s look at the statistics and learn how to prevent eye injuries caused by fireworks.

Surprising Statistics:

Eye injuries from fireworks can range from burns to complete loss of vision.  In the US, around 19% of the estimated 7,000 fireworks-related injuries during Fourth of July celebrations in 2019 affected the eyes. Surprisingly, about 65% of these injuries happened to bystanders. Studies also show that males, children, and young adults are more prone to eye injuries from fireworks.  Preventing eye injuries around fireworks should be a top priority.  Let’s look at some prevention tips:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Attend public firework displays organized by professionals.
  2. Maintain a safe distance if using fireworks at home.
  3. Wear approved safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
  4. Educate children about firework dangers and closely supervise them.
  5. Respect local laws and regulations on firework usage.

Know How to Treat  Fireworks Eye Injuries:

Fireworks-related eye injuries can combine blunt force trauma, heat burns and chemical exposure. Fireworks can burn at more than 2,000 degrees Farenheit.   The injuries can happen in an instant even and no one is immune to accidents.  An eye injury from fireworks is a medical emergency and immediate treatment is needed.  Here are some tips:

  1. Do not rub your eyes.
  2. Do not rinse your eyes.
  3. Do not apply pressure.
  4. Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
  5. Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen unless directed by a doctor.
  6. Go to the Emergence Room as soon as possible.


Fireworks can be enjoyed safely by following preventive measures. By attending professional displays, maintaining a safe distance, wearing eye protection, educating children, and respecting local laws, we can minimize the risk of eye injuries. Let’s celebrate responsibly and keep our eyes safe during fireworks festivities.

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