Doctors Warn of Firework Related Injuries

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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There are warnings on fireworks saying, "Emits showers of sparks," or "Keep away from eyes." But despite the warnings each year dozens of people seek treatment from firework related injuries, especially to the eyes.

Dr. Joe Sullivan, an optometrist, says this is his busiest time of year due to the number of injuries resulting from fireworks. He says, it's not just the mortars and flaming balls which cause harm, but something as simple as the sparks from a sparkler can be dangerous too. Each spark is about one thousand degrees and will cause immediate harm to the eye.

Dr. Sullivan says there are ways to have fun with fireworks but stay safe at the same time. Safety goggles are one option. He knows they may not look 'cool,' but, he says, they're better than the alternative: the hospital.

"It's not cool to end up in the hospital," Sullivan says. "And it's definitely not cool to end up with an eye injury cause the pain lasts for days."

Sullivan says to remember you only have one set of eyes. So have fun, but be careful this holiday.

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