Fireworks: Play It Safe

By Erika Edwards

Published 06/26 2014 03:45PM

Updated 06/26 2014 03:48PM

(NBC News)  Many Americans are stocking up on fireworks and sparklers in preparation for a 4th of July celebration, but new government statistics show a recent rise in fireworks-related injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2013, eight people died in a fireworks related accident.  More than 11,000 others were injured.

Ophthalmologists say this is the time of year they see an uptick in fireworks-related eye injuries.

"These projectiles can come in contact with the eye causing burns, lacerations, and if there's an explosion at the eye unfortunately, the eye explodes and the trauma to the eye can be so visually devastating," says Dr. Philip Rizzuto.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that if an eye injury does occur people should not rub or rinse the eyes.  Instead go straight to a doctor.

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