It’s Guy Fawkes Night and Londoners will light thousands of fireworks to celebrate the occasion. But although the sky will be ablaze with colourful light, there are some things to keep in mind if you value your safety.
As researchers have found, the eye is the most frequently injured body part related to the use of fireworks, accounting for more than 2,000 injuries every year.
In the UK, 10 people lose their sight and around 300 people suffer serious eye injuries as a result of accidents caused by fireworks.
Operating fireworks unsafely can cause scratches to the cornea, chemical and thermal burns or, in rare cases, rupture your eyes.
So while it’s definitely a fun experience to watch a fireworks show, remember these rules:~
1. Let The Professionals Do It
Visit an organised display or hire a professional to take care of all of your fireworks needs.
2. Shield Your Eyes
Wear protective gear, even if you wear regular glasses. Look for polycarbonate lenses or other forms of protection.
3. Think Of The Children
Make sure that any kids attending a fireworks show are at a safe distance and do not let them play with the fireworks, even sparklers.
4. Be Aware of Debris
Fireworks can sometimes misfire or release debris. Be cautious and keep a safe distance from any fallen or unexploded fireworks.
5. Do Not Touch Lit Fireworks
If the fireworks didn’t go off, don’t attempt to go back to check on them. Sometimes it takes a while due to a damaged fuse. If they don’t go off at all, contact your nearest fire department.
6. Use Protective Eyewear
Wear safety glasses or goggles specifically designed for eye protection. Regular eyeglasses or sunglasses are not sufficient.
7. Watch from a Designated Viewing Area
If you're attending a fireworks display, find a designated viewing area where safety measures are in place.
8. Do Not Touch Your Eyes
Do not rub, rinse or apply any creams or other substances to your eyes. Let a professional help you, otherwise you risk increasing the damage done to your vision.
9. Protective Barrier for Small Displays
If you're using small, legal fireworks at home, consider setting up a protective barrier to shield spectators from any potential debris.
10. Be Prepared for Emergencies
Have a first aid kit and phone with emergency numbers readily available in case of any accidents.
11. Seek Immediate Medical Attention if Injured
If an eye injury occurs, seek immediate medical attention. Do not rub or apply pressure to the injured eye.
12. Call An Ambulance
The quicker you get help, the less damage your eyes are.
Fireworks are fun! Enjoy the night show and remember: it’s better safe than sorry.
If someone has sustained an eye injury due to a firework disaster, seeking immediate medical attention from an eye clinic is crucial. Here's how an eye clinic can help:
Remember, in case of any eye injury, seeking professional medical attention promptly is crucial for the best possible outcome. If you or someone you know experiences an eye injury, do not delay in seeking care from an eye clinic or the nearest emergency department.