By Alexa Kaczka
Independence Day is celebrated all over the world, not just in the US, with many people born in America or with American family celebrating in the usual way by letting off fireworks.
However, with this comes a certain degree of risk, particularly to delicate areas of the body such as the eyes, which is why one source has issued a number of tips for people planning on celebrating the event.
The Omaha World-Herald highlighted how millions of people will be using sparklers and fireworks on Independence Day, so it is doubly important to follow a safety regimen which can keep accident to a minimum.
With regards to eyesight, safety goggles are a great option for people who want to safeguard their vision, with an emphasis particularly on the eyesight of little ones who may be in control of sparklers.
"Protect your eyes with safety goggles. Glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses provide little or no protection against eye injuries that fireworks can cause," the newspaper advised.
It added that other commonsense approaches to fireworks include not pointing them in a direction where they may cause injury to people or damage to property.
Another safeguard is to keep a first aid kit and bucket of water close by so that any injuries can be treated and fireworks can be extinguished immediately, if necessary.
With shops which sell fireworks quickly running out of stock and excitement increasing, it is clear that thousands of the products have been sold in the last few days, the source explained.
However, in all the excitement, people must not forget about keeping both themselves and their friends and family safe on Independence Day, the newspaper noted.
Recently, an article in the Sun Chronicle pointed out that 4,000 people a year are hospitalised in the US alone due to the misuse of fireworks or accidents involving the products, with people's vision harmed in many cases, so it is particularly important to have safety measures in place when using them.
by Martin Burns