This week’s blog is an important message from our partners over at DigiVision Optical. While we love to have a great time celebrating holidays with our family, and some fun in the sun with our friends, on holidays like this that involve fireworks we also realize the importance of optical safety. During events that involve explosives, even consumer-grade or publicly sold explosives like fireworks it’s pertinent to understand proper safety techniques to ensure that everyone stays safe. Check out some of our styles in our shades department to help you enjoy the sun and protect your eyes at night during the fireworks. This week’s staff pick: Waverly From our friends at DigiVision: The Fourth of July is coming up soon and many of us are looking forward to the parades, family celebrations, BBQ’s with friends – and of course the fireworks celebrations for Independence Day. Although fireworks are beautiful and fun to use and watch they can also be extremely dangerous if misused or mishandled. In fact, there are around ten thousand fireworks related injuries annually, and out of those one in six tends to be an eye related injury, many of which leaving some permanently blind. Fireworks are fun, but its important to remember they are explosives and proper eye safety is important when using them. In recent yeas we’ve found that children and young adults between 15 and 20 account for more than 50% of the injuries related to firework misuse. And while this may alarm many even sparklers can be dangerous and are responsible for over a thousand of last years injuries alone in the US. Sparklers have even caused lethal injuries in 2017. BUT DON’T FRET – following some easy safety tips, taking proper precautions, and eliminating of any waste in a safe manner can help protect you and your family this holiday and over many other holidays to come. Some of the easiest ways to protect yourself are to respect safety barriers, and follow safety instructions on fireworks themselves. This means keeping yourself and the little ones near by at least 500 feet away from fireworks as they are preparing to launch. When fireworks do not launch or misfire, making sure to let them sit for at least fifteen to twenty minutes before dousing and disposing in a metal container. At the end of the night it’s best to throw all fireworks away in a metal container outside incase any were to combust unknowingly – preventing a fire inside the house. The easiest way to prevent any injury or safety issues may seem silly – but it’s important NOT to use fireworks INSIDE the house. Making sure fireworks are properly set up outside and steaked or secured in the ground before launch can prevent many injuries. Making sure local laws are also followed and home made fireworks are not used around anyone are also great ways to protect yourself and those around you. To learn more about basic general firework safety please watch this video by the American Pyrotechnic Association: Meet Professor Sparks:
In the event that you are lighting fireworks, it’s best to make sure you’re wearing eye protection. It’s also important that you do not throw or aim fireworks lit or not at others as they are controlled explosives. Having first aid supplies ready, is always a good rule of thumb, just in case you or anyone around you is hit by debris, ends up in a smoke draft, or is hit directly with a firework or firework shrapnel. In the event that any of these situations occurs, the issue should be dealt with quickly and properly. If someone experiences burns, cuts, dizziness, or any unpleasant response from fireworks or firework mishaps it’s important to get them to a safe place and either directly deal with the emergency or call the proper emergency medical services as quickly as possible. For anyone not wearing glasses in the group, it may be especially important to make them aware of proper eye safety in the event that any freak accidents were to occur during a firework launch demonstration.