Sheffield optician’s eye injury warning over fireworks

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A Sheffield optician is urging people to take care to avoid eye injuries ahead of Bonfire Night next month.

According to the Royal College of Optometrists, nationally 10 people lose their sight each year as a result of careless behaviour around fireworks, with a further 300 firework-related eye injuries.

Alex Gage, who owns two practices in Crosspool and Woodseats, said: “We are advising people to take extra care with sparklers, which are often given to children but can cause injuries.

“Sparklers should not be given to children aged under five and a container of cold water should be nearby to put the sparkler in as soon as it goes out.”

He recommended attending organised events and buying fireworks that meet British Standards.