Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough. But, according to some eye doctors, there’s really no such thing as safe fireworks.
Each year, about 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated at U.S. emergency departments. Most involve children, including many who suffer eye injuries, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Most of the injuries are caused by legal fireworks that parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers and Roman candles.
Here are 5 firework myths the AAO would like to bust.
Myth 1- Sparklers are safe for young children.
Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees; which is hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers are responsible for most fireworks-related injuries among children age 5 and younger.
Myth 2 – It’s safe to watch nearby fireworks if you don’t light or throw them.
Actually, bystanders are injured by fireworks just as often as the operators.
Myth 3 – Consumer fireworks are safe.
Statistics show that sparklers and firecrackers each account for 1,400 injuries to the eyes every year in the United States.
Myth 4 – It’s safe to pick up a firework if it didn’t go off after it was lit.
The fact is, even though it looks like a dud, it may still explode.
Myth 5 – It’s just not the Fourth of July without setting off your own fireworks.
The AAO suggests watching a professional show because it’s a fun and safe way to view fireworks.