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Firework warning from eye experts


Tuesday October 26th 2010

Eye experts have warned of the dangers of fireworks as Halloween and Bonfire Night draw closer.

The College of Optometrists has urged revellers to protect their eyes from fireworks after research revealed that 10 people in the UK lose their sight every year and 300 eye injuries happen in total due to firework-related accidents.

By taking proper precautions it said that the number of accidents caused by fireworks, more than half of which are involving children, could be significantly reduced.

It recommends safety measures such as wearing protective eye wear with polycarbonate lenses and lighting fireworks at arm's length, using a taper, before standing well back.

The college also warned consumers not to buy fireworks if they do not meet the British Standard for Fireworks, which are marked BS 7114 on the box.

College president Dr Cindy Tromans said: "While the number of firework-related eye injuries may seem relatively small, they occur year in and year out, demonstrating that there is a serious need to make people aware of the dangers when handling and watching fireworks."

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