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Communities across America are gearing up to enjoy fireworks this July Fourth, however, folks should keep eye safety in mind.

The number of eye injuries caused by fireworks have nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, per reports from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The AAO is urging Americans to take proper safety precautions this holiday.

One of their doctors & spokesperson for the AAO states, “An average of 280 people a day will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during the two weeks before and after July Fourth.”

Most injuries are caused by legal fireworks that parents buy for their children, including sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles.

Black mother and daughter celebrating 4th of July

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Learn how to protect yourself and your children and don’t be a part of these alarming statistics!!

Here’s a few fireworks safety tips.

Keep a safe distance from fireworks: A recent study found that bystanders account for 65% of people injured by fireworks. I was reading a story of a young lady who was 100 yds away when shrapnel from an illegal firework penetrated her skull. The young ladies eye couldn’t be saved and had to be removed.

Don’t pick up duds and misfires: One firefighter out of Ohio took all the right precautions for his backyard Fourth of July fireworks celebration, but a decision to inspect a “dud” was almost fatal and nearly cost him his sight.

Supervise children closely: Sparklers seem like harmless fun for children, but they cause about 1,400 eye injuries each year. Even tiny poppers or snappers can be dangerous.

Wear protective eyewear: Buy American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved safety glasses for the entire family.

Your best best to see fireworks the safest way is to watch a professional show.

More information: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more on fireworks safety at: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

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