New Years Eve 2014 is here and champagne corks will be flying through the air. Each year thousands of people injure themselves from flying champagne corks. A flying cork may be considered a dangerous weapon as it leaves the bottle at over 50mph! That’s fast enough to shatter a pane of glass or severely damage a person’s eye potentially causing blindness. Scientists have discovered new ways to help avoid the flying corks. They found that cooling the bottle to 39 degrees F causes the speed of the cork as it leaves the bottle to drop considerably. This is because as the liquid inside cools it causes the trapped gas to expand less rapidly.
Tips to avoid dangerous champagne cork related injuries:
- Never shake the bottle
- Always point the bottle in a safe direction when opening
- Place a towel over the cork when opening
Other causes of New Year’s Eye injuries include fireworks and party poppers. Always use caution whenever using these types of items to celebrate.
If you suffer an eye injury from a flying champagne cork or other party favor, call your eye doctor immediately. It is important to see your eye doctor to make sure you are not suffering from a retinal detachment or other sight threatening injury.
If you buy your champagne at Whole Foods or celebrate New Year’s Eve at Huey’s or Bosco’s remember to be careful. Don’t spill it on that New Year’s Eve dress!
Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen | Dr. Burt Bodan