Posted by: The Eye Center of North Florida in News & Community, July 1, 2020

July 4th Sparklers

The Fourth of July is one of the favorite times of the year and the official kick off holiday to summer.  The month surrounding July 4th festivities also brings an increase of fireworks displays and with that a spike in firework related injuries.

It is important to consider eye protection when dealing with anything combustible. Most fireworks related injuries occur during the month of July, and the most recent Consumer Product Safety Commission report found that 14% of fireworks injuries were eye injuries. Out of those injuries, children between the ages of 10-14 had the highest rate of emergency room visits related to fireworks. Keep yourself and your eyes safe this summer and enjoy treasured holiday traditions with these important safety tips!


  1. Always have an adult supervise children, even sparklers! Sparklers burn up to 1800°F!
  2. Ensure everyone is at a safe distance of at least 500 feet when setting off fireworks.
  3. Never point or throw fireworks at another person!
  4. Don’t shoot fireworks out of a glass or metal container. The explosion could shatter and expel glass or metal shards!
  5. Don’t hover. Never have any part of the body directly over a firework when lighting.
  6. Firework didn’t ignite the first time? Soak it in water and discard it. Serious eye trauma and other injuries can occur when people mistake a firework for a “dud” or think that it’s no longer active or hot.
  7. Importantly, protect your eyes and wear safety glasses when setting off fireworks.


  1. Seek medical attention immediately
  2. Do not rub your eye. You risk scratching the cornea or making the injury worse.
  3. Don’t attempt to rinse out the eye.
  4. Don’t apply any pressure or ointments to the eye.
  5. Do not to take any pain medication before seeing a medical professional.


We hope all of our patients have a fantastic time on the 4th of July, but if you have questions about how to make sure your festivities are safe for everyone involved, feel free to give us a call. 850-784-3937


Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!


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