Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple, and ahead of this week's holiday, two organizations are urging Americans to exercise caution while enjoying them.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that eye injuries from fireworks have risen significantly, from 700 in 2016 to 1,200 in 2017.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) warns that even if you're not handling fireworks, be careful: about 65% of fireworks injuries occur to bystanders.  

"An average of 280 people a day will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during the two weeks before and after July 4th," said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, clinical spokesperson for the AAO.

The AAO recommends enjoying fireworks by attending a professional show. But of you do decide to purchase fireworks yourself, both organizations encourage adult supervision when you light them; never re-lighting "duds" that don't fire the first time; and adhering to all local laws.

And if an eye injury occurs, the AAO says to seek medical attention immediately.

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