The Fourth of July is prime fireworks season, and is usually an enjoyable time for all.
But according to the United States Eye Injury Registry, 12,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries every year. Eighty percent of eye injuries from fireworks happen during the July 4th holiday and bystanders are more likely to be injured than those operating fireworks. Almost half of those injured are children or teens.
We suggest you leave fireworks to the professionals this holiday weekend and avoid using fireworks at home. But if you must use fireworks, follow these safety procedures to avoid injury, burns or blindness.
WTVY News 4 hopes you have a safe Fourth of July.