Remember, remember this 5th November, to look after your eyes.
Many people underestimate the danger posed by sparklers which remain one of the most dangerous fireworks going in terms of accident statistics. Sparklers cause 27 percent of all fireworks injuries, including third-degree burns.*
For your eye safety follow the Eyecare Trust’s SPARKLER code for a safe and injury free Bonfire Night**:
Shield your eyes with protective eyewear when lighting fireworks
Plunge sparklers into a bucket of cold water as soon as they have burnt out
Attend properly organised displays wherever possible
Read the instructions on the fireworks with a torch and follow them carefully
Keep all fireworks in a closed metal box and only light one at a time
Leave fireworks that fail to go off – never return to a lit firework
Ensure everyone stands a safe distance away when the fireworks are going off
Remove all debris and flammable objects from your firework display area
What should you do if you or a loved one suffers a fireworks eye injury? ***
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.