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Eye Safety For Bonfire Night
Remember, remember the Fifth of November...

There is nothing like a spectacular fireworks display on bonfire night to round off the evening.

One of our oldest traditions, this Sunday we will see our skies light up with all manners of beautiful shapes and colours to celebrate with our family and friends.

As fun and exciting as these displays are we must also give some careful thought to our own safety to make sure there are no unwelcome and serious accidents.

Every year in the UK there are scores of firework-related eye injuries and this year we want to help make sure you safely enjoy the celebrations and have a successful bonfire night.

For emergency crews and eye health professionals, this can be a very busy time of year for the wrong reasons!

According to a study from volunteers at the St John Ambulance one of the most common injuries needing treatment on the Fifth is debris in the eye from bonfires and fireworks.

On top of that, research from the Eyecare trust shows that each year ten people in the UK lose their sight as a result of firework related accidents with a further 300 people suffering serious eye injuries.

These figures go a long way to highlight how important it is to remain safe and protect our eyes and our vision on bonfire night.

It is also essential to take extra measures to protect any younger members of your party, as they account for over a quarter of firework related injuries to the eye.

First and foremost, we must remember that fireworks are dangerous and can cause permanent eye damage and affect our vision.

One in six injuries caused by fireworks result in sever vision loss, with 47% of those affected being bystanders, meaning these accidents can occur even if you aren’t setting the fireworks off!

The biggest risk to our eyes on bonfire night are rockets, which account for a whopping 36% of all serious eye injuries.

But it is important to remain vigilant with all types of firework as they can still cause considerable damage.

Sparklers may be pretty to look at and generally thought as a safer alternative, but they burn at an incredible two thousand degrees… at that temperature you could melt gold!

To help make sure you and your party stay safe this bonfire night, follow the Eyecare Trust’s SPARKLER code:

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 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 returns 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.

Always remember that if anyone around you does suffer a firework eye injury to seek medical assistance immediately.

From everyone here at Visioncall, have a fantastic and safe bonfire night this weekend.