There is really no safe age for shooting off fireworks. They are explosives after all. Here are a few safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for shooting off fireworks at home.
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks.
- Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- Do not allow any running or horseplay.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning or “dud” fireworks.
- Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
If your child or someone you know is hit with a firework in or near the eye, call your eye doctor as soon as possible!!
Is that really all I can do? Just call my optometrist?!? Well no but that is the first thing you should do. In fact, we have a good list of things you should NOT do. Fireworks-related eye injuries can combine blunt force trauma, heat burns and chemical exposure. Take a look.
- Do NOT rub your eyes.
- Do NOT rinse or flush your eyes.
- Do NOT apply pressure.
- Do NOT remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
- Do NOT apply ointments or take any pain medications.
WE get it. This is a lot of don’ts. But the best thing you can do is see your optometrist as soon as possible. An eye injury from fireworks is considered a medical emergency and needs to be treated by a medical professional.
If you have any sort of eye emergency contact Mabee Eye Clinic at (605) 996-2537.