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Fireworks and You: 5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This New Year

It’s almost time to ring in the new year, and we know many of you will be starting 2024 off with a bang—literally. So, before the ball drops, review these five ways to protect your eyes this new year.

Wear protective eyewear.

Vivid and gleaming, fireworks flash brightly through the sky. Nonetheless, don’t forget that igniting fireworks creates sparks and debris. Be sure to wear protective eyewear in order to shield your eyes. Ask your optometrist about glasses with an ANSI-Z87.1 safety rating, for instance.

Keep an arm’s length away when lighting.

Speaking of sparks, be sure to avoid getting any into your eyes by keeping an arm’s length away from the firework you are lighting. Those around you should also remember to back away.

Do not let children play with fireworks.

While everyone is in the spirit, it is still important to remember the ways to protect your eyes this new year, including the kids.

Sparklers may be fun, but they also burn at more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. So, consider having fun with something like bubbles, for example, instead of risking sparks flying into your eyes or the eyes of others from sparklers.

View professional firework displays from at least 500 feet away.

Going to see fireworks? Even though the flashing displays are high in the air, the debris and ashes quickly fall back down. Be sure to stay at least 500 feet away.

Keep bonfires and other flames away from fireworks.

Are you throwing a New Year’s Eve party? Make sure you set up your fireworks far away from any other flames. This includes bonfires, grills, firepits and more.


It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes out for safety precautions, so be sure to follow these five ways to protect your eyes this new year to do just that. Have any other questions when it comes to your vision? Contact your local Mississippi Eye Care clinic! In the meantime, continue reading our blogs for more eyecare tips and news.