As places open up and people are getting ready for a star-spangled July Fourth this year, there are a few things to consider here in Contra Costa County. With concerns of Covid-19 still looming many people may be planning private fireworks displays, thus creating the risk of firework related eye injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks cause approximately 9,100 visits to the emergency room each year, of which a whopping 15% are firework-related eye injuries!

Fireworks are Illegal in Contra Costa County

Here in Contra Costa County all fireworks are illegal and can be subject to a fine from $500-$5000. It is important to know your country and state’s laws regarding commercial fireworks before bad things happen.

Firework Safety

Many fireworks can be dangerous, including sparklers, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees and cause serious burns. Fire works should only be handled by professionals and never by children! A CPSC study showed that 65% of injuries occur to bystanders. Two of the most common fireworks for injury are mortar-type fireworks and bottle-rockets. Something to remember both handlers and bystanders should wear protective eyewear that meets standards set by the American National Standards Institute. When watching public fireworks displays stand at least 500 feet away and respect all barriers.

There are holiday alternatives that are not so dangerous like glow-sticks, bracelets or necklaces that will not require emergency visits to the hospital.

Firework-related Eye Injuries

Be sure to seek medical attention immediately! Avoid rubbing or rinsing the eyes or applying any pressure on the injured area. Do not remove objects from the eye, apply ointments or take pain medication before consulting a medical professional.

Safety during firework displays will help prevent serious eye injuries that could lead to loss of vision or blindness.

Public Firework Displays in Contra Costa County 2021

Should you gather for Fourth of July celebrations, please remember to follow California State guidelines on COVID-19 continuing safety measures.

  • Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord, CA
  • College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA

Remember to stay safe out there, get your eyes checked annually and always reach out if you notice any changes to your eyes! All of us at Advanced Eyecare Optometry wish you and yours a very Happy 4th of July 2021!

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Source: hopkinsmedicine.org