Celebrating National Fireworks Safety Month!
June 30, 2016
UVEX Impact-Resistant Eyewear is also used for
rugged applications in an industrial work environment.
- Respect safety barriers at fireworks shows and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
- Do not touch unexploded fireworks; instead, immediately contact local fire or police departments to help.
- Never let young children play with fireworks of any type, even sparklers.
- Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyrotechnicians.
- Wear protective eyewear that meets the parameters set by the American National Standards Institute.
People who handle fireworks and bystanders as well should always wear protective eyewear. In fact, half of all eye injuries from fireworks occur to bystanders, according to the Institute. There is no category of safety eyewear designed solely to protect against exploding fireworks, but high-impact resistant lenses and frames are a good option. The UVEX by Honeywell impact-resistant safety eyewear, for example, exceeds ANSI standards by a factor of up to seven. Developed initially for military applications (i.e. eye defense against shrapnel) and tested on special equipment provided by the U.S. government and Honeywell’s own impact testing equipment, the UVEX by Honeywell line tests product integrity and ballistic strength through a series of high mass/high velocity tests that simulate, for example, a blow from a tool that slips from the work surface or when the lens collides with stationary objects. High velocity tests are conducted at 6 specified impact points using a projectile or a ¼ inch steel ball traveling at specific speeds up to 150 ft/sec or 102 mph. As a point of reference, aerial fireworks travel from 117/ft to 480/ft per second, depending on the mortar size.