Thousands of children and young adults get injured each year by fireworks.

In this infographic, learn about the risks and ways to keep your eyes safe this Independence Day.

More Information on Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Injuries Infographic from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2014. Fireworks aren't toys. More than 9000 fireworks injuries happen in the United States each year. 47% of those injured are bystanders. 20% of those injured are under 10 years old. 30% are under age 15. 46% are under age 20. Fireworks can cause potentially blinding detached retinas and ruptured eyeballs, as well as serious burns and corneal scratches. Firecrackers caused 1200 injuries in 2012. Sparklers - which can burn at up to 1200 degrees Farenheit - caused 600 injuries. And bottle rockets caused another 600 injuries. To stay safe, obey the law in your area regarding fireworks. Don't buy or handle illegal fireworks. Never let children handle fireworks of any kind, even sparklers. Those using and watching legal fireworks should wear ANSI-approved protective eyewear. And keep your distance from all fireworks - remember that nearly half of injuries are to bystanders. If an eye injury from fireworks occurs, remember: Seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub your eyes. Do not rinse your eyes. Do not apply pressure. Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye. Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

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