It’s Guy Fawkes Night and Londoners will light thousands of fireworks to celebrate the occasion. But although the sky will be ablaze with colourful light, there are some things to keep in mind if you value your safety.
As researchers have found, the eye is the most frequently injured body part related to use of fireworks, accounting for more than 2,000 injuries every year. In the UK, 10 people lose their sight and around 300 people suffer serious eye injuries as a result of accidents caused by fireworks. Operating fireworks unsafely can cause scratches to the cornea, chemical and thermal burns or, in rare cases, rupture your eyes.
So while it’s definitely a fun experience to watch a fireworks show, remember these rules:
1. Let the professionals do it
Visit an organised display or hire a professional to take care of all of your fireworks needs.
2. Shield your eyes
Wear protective gear, even if you wear regular glasses. Look for polycarbonate lenses or other forms of protection.
3. Think of the children
Make sure that any kids attending a fireworks show are at a safe distance and do not let them play with the fireworks, even sparklers.
4. Do not touch lit fireworks
If the fireworks didn’t go off, don’t attempt to go back to check on them. Sometimes it takes a while due to a damaged fuse. If they don’t go off at all, contact your nearest fire department.
If for any reason you or somebody else has an accident, follow these rules:
5. Call an ambulance
The quicker you get help, the less damage your eyes are.
6. Do not touch your eyes
Do not rub, rinse or apply any creams or other substances to your eyes. Let a professional help you, otherwise you risk increasing the damage done to your vision.
Fireworks are fun! Enjoy the night show and remember: it’s better safe than sorry.