It has been said that some 10,000 injuries are suffered every year by people who use fireworks, about 1300 of which are to the eyes. Tragically, 40% of those are children who suffer fireworks-related eye injuries that cause permanent eye damage, visual disability or actual loss of an eye.
- Allow absolutely no small fireworks, even sparklers, for children under school age. It's best not to buy them at all, even if your state is one that allows their sale.
- Plan to enjoy nighttime fireworks displays put on by clubs or community organizations.
- Let children make noise safely by popping blown-up paper bags. Or show them how to pop the bubbles in plastic bubble wrap by squeezing them between their fingers, stomping on them or riding over them on bikes or riding toys.