The 4th of July holiday is upon us and you know what that means while you are enjoying some good barbecue many of us will be lighting fireworks in the comfort of our own homes.

However, before you light off those firecrackers and roman candles I want you to practice safety first as injuries from the holiday has risen.

According to WedMD, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports a number of eye injuries from fireworks nearly doubled between 2016 to 2017, and from 700 in 2016 to 1,200 in 2017.

Ruptured eyeballs, damaged corneas, and retinas are all injuries suffered from fireworks.

Dr. Diana Seldomridge from the (AAO) further explained in a statement

An average of 800 people a day will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during the two weeks before and after July Fourth.

Don't become a statistic!  You and your family can practice safety this 4th of July by doing the following

  • Keep a safe distance from fireworks
  • Don't pick up duds and misfires
  • Supervise children closely
  • Wear protective eye wear

However, to simply avoid the risk of an injury during the 4th of July you and the family can attend any 4th of July firework celebration in East Texas by clicking here.

Have a safe 4th of July holiday!