Decades of accidents teach us that fireworks are dangerous. Over 8,500 fireworks-related injuries occur with more than 2,000 eye injuries each year. The typical victim is a teenager, at home, unsupervised, with a group of friends. They are playing with fireworks, and chances are one of them will end up in the emergency room with an injury to the eyes, head or hands. Losing your sight or losing a finger is a tragic price to pay for a few minutes of fun with fireworks.

In an effort to reduce these preventable injuries, eye MDs across America encourage families to attend local public fireworks displays instead of using fireworks at home this 4th of July. This recommendation is made as part of the national Fireworks Eye Safety Month sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Attending a public fireworks display on the 4th of July is a safe way to honor our tradition of independence, our shared values and our hopes for a bright future.

“One of the reasons fireworks injuries continue to occur is because people don’t know how dangerous these devices can be. Each year, the legal, Class C common fireworks, cause thousands of injuries,” advise the physicians of Ophthalmology Consultants of Fort Wayne, P.C.

“The risk of losing an eye is not worth the excitement of watching fireworks explode.”

Although illegal fireworks, bottle rockets, and Roman candles account for the majority of injuries, seemingly harmless sparklers also cause numerous injuries each year. For children under the age of five, sparklers account for there-quarters of all fireworks injuries. Fascinated by the bright sparks, children find these sticks of fire-burning as hot as 1,800 degrees, hot enough to melt gold-irresistible too touch.

The physicians of Ophthalmology Consultants of Fort Wayne, PC, further advise, “The safest – and most spectacular – way to view fireworks is through professionally conducted, community sponsored displays.”



This sale will be held at Lawton Park Greenhouse, Friday, June 7, 2002 from 4pm to 7pm and on Saturday, June 8, 2002 from 9am to 12pm. Don’t miss this chance to find quality plants for your garden at reasonable prices. Plants available include a variety of annuals, perennials, and other plants grown by the Conservateers. All proceeds benefit the Conservatory. Lawton Park Greenhouse is located at 1900 N. Clinton Street. All traffic for the plant sale must enter Lawton Park by the entrance located at Fourth Street. The drive from Fourth Street to Clinton Street will be one way only heading West.



Visit KidDid at One Summit Square Sunday, June 8, 2002 from 12noon to 5pm and pot up a plant for free at the Botanical Conservatory booth. Call Downtown Improvement District at 420-3266 for more information about KidDid.



On the third Saturday of the month, visit the gardens and receive a free small plant or seedling. Marigolds, pansies, lavender, basil . . . a different plant for each month. June’s Pot A Plant will be Saturday, June 15, 2002 from 10am to 3pm. Free with paid garden admission of $3 Adults, $2 Children. No registration required.



Children ages 3 t 4 can wiggle over to the Botanical Conservatory to see the worms and make their own wormeries to take home Wednesday, June 12, 2002 from 9:30am to 10:45am. We will play in the worms’ natural habitat and learn how they help the plants. The program includes a snack and a walk in the gardens complete with a trip through the worm tunnel in our Underground exhibit. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $8 per child/no charge for adults. Call 427-6011 to register.



Children ages 6 to 10 can come to the Botanical Conservatory and make a bird feeder to enjoy with their families throughout the entire year. When you are done crafting your bird buffet, enjoy an afternoon snack and a garden activity. Your completed feeder would make a great gift for Father’s Day. $8 per child/no charge for adults. Call 427-6011 to register for this workshop on Wednesday, June 13, from 4pam to 6pm.