Every year, around 10 people in the UK have accidents which lead them to lose their sight and 300 more receive serious eye injuries.
If you’ve planned to have your own fireworks at home, here’s some top tips for you to follow:
- Buy quality fireworks with the British Standard code BS 7114 written on the box, from a reputable retailer
- Keep everyone away from fireworks and make sure that children are supervised at all times
- Always keep your fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time
- Light the fireworks at arms’ length with a taper. Stand well back
- Never return to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
- Wear gloves and hold your sparkler horizontally and as far away from you as you can
- When the sparkler is no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water to make sure it’s completely out
- Never touch the end of the sparkler, even if it’s stopped burning for a long time
- Don’t wave sparklers at anyone else, or run while holding them
If someone does suffer an eye injury from fireworks, be sure not to rub, rinse or apply pressure to the eyes and seek medical attention immediately.