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  • Each year, the eyes consistently rank among the body parts most injured by fireworks. As part of the continuous efforts to help prevent fireworks eye injuries, the Academy commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an online survey of 2,034 adults in the United States on fireworks.


    Among the insights on fireworks usage, attitudes and behaviors, the survey found:

    Using fireworks (regional data)

    • 77% plan to watch fireworks
    • 20% plan to do their own fireworks on Fourth of July nationwide. By region:
      • South (27%)
      • Midwest (20%)
      • West (21 %)
      • Northeast (11%)

    Injuries not uncommon

    • 33% overall know someone injured by fireworks or have been injured by fireworks
    • 8% report being injured by fireworks
    • 27% know someone else injured by fireworks

    Sparklers and fireworks acceptable for children?

    • 54% of adults say it’s OK for kids ages 5-10 to play with sparklers/fireworks, significantly more than the amount who say it’s ok for kids this age to:
      • Ride a bike down the block without a helmet (19%)
      • Light birthday candles (11%)
      • Swim with friends without a lifeguard present (7%)
      • Ride in a car a short distance without a seatbelt (5%)
      • Cook with a stove without adult supervision (4%)
    • 39% of parents say that children age 5 to 7 should be allowed to handle sparklers
    • 27% of parents say that children age 11 to 15 should be allowed to handle fireworks

    Eye protection for fireworks low

    Few people wear eye protection when using fireworks, especially in comparison to other activities:

    • 10% wear eye protection when using fireworks
    • 13% wear eye protection when playing sports
    • 21% wear eye protection when swimming
    • 26% wear eye protection when doing home repair projects (such as plumbing)
    • 28% wear eye protection when cleaning with chemicals
    • 47% wear eye protection when using powertools (i.e., drill or table saw)
  • About the Survey

    The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology from May 4 and May 6 in 2015 among 2,034 adults ages 18 and older, among whom 461 are parents of children under the age of 18. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact