Fireworks and Eye Safety this Canada Day

Fireworks and Eye Safety this Canada Day

Canada Day long weekend is here and the celebration is never complete without the magical display of colours in the sky! Fireworks and sparklers is a spectacular sight to behold, but they can also be dangerous. Fireworks burn at over 1000 degrees Celsius and can cause injuries not only to the people handling them, but also to bystanders.

Although we recommend that you let the experts handle the fireworks, here are some of the ways you can protect yourself, your eyes and the people around you.

In a professional setting:

  • When viewing a professional firework display, ensure that you are at least 500 ft. (approximately one and a half football fields) away
  • Supervise children at all times
  • If you are doing it yourself:
  • Wear proper safety eyewear and gloves when handling fireworks
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Research local bylaws prior to purchasing fireworks and follow safety instructions on the label
  • Do not tamper with unexploded fireworks once lit
  • Be prepared to extinguish used fireworks
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length away from yourself or others and dispose of them properly
  • Keep a safe distance and choose an area away from obstacles

Eye injuries caused by fireworks can be experienced in combination with blunt trauma, heat and

chemical burns. It can cause corneal abrasion, retinal detachment or a foreign body in the eye. Injury due to fireworks is a medical emergency. Our doctors recommend to urgently seek medical attention. Furthermore, do NOT rub, rinse or apply pressure in your eyes as this may cause further damage. Do not apply ointments and avoid blood thinners (i.e ibuprofen, aspirin) unless prescribed by your physician. The sooner you seek medical attention, the lesser the damage.

May we all have a safe and fun long weekend celebrating Canada’s 152nd anniversary! Happy Canada Day from your family here at Health First Optometry, Sunridge Vision Centre and Three Hills Optometry!

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