Vistar Insights

Fireworks and Eye Safety

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Each year, thousands sustain eye injuries from fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that range from skin and thermal burns to more severe problems such as bleeding in the eye, retinal detachment, ruptured globe, or blindness.

Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family from experiencing a tragic situation:

  • Stay at least 500 feet away from fireworks and allow only trained professionals to light them. 
  • Never allow children to handle fireworks.
  • Never re-light unexploded fireworks.
  • If you DO get injured, call 911 right away. Do not rub, rinse, or apply pressure to the eye, as the problem may become exacerbated. Finally, do not apply any ointment or take any blood-thinning medications like aspirin or ipuprofen.

Don’t forget, though, that fireworks are meant to be enjoyed! Check out Music For Americans at the River’s Edge Sports Complex for the best display in town. It’s Roanoke, Virginia’s largest July 4th celebration! Enjoy family activities, live music and a fantastic fireworks show that begins at 9:30 pm.