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NYE tips for injury-free champagne opening

If you plan to toast at midnight, watch out for those flying champagne corks. Here are some tips for opening your bubbly.
December 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
If you plan to toast at the stroke of midnight, watch out for those flying champagne corks. They can be hazardous to your eyesight.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a champagne cork can clock 50 mph as it bursts from the bottle. That's powerful enough to cause permanent eye injury.

Eye doctors have these warnings:

  • Make sure sparkling wine is no warmer than 45 degrees Fahrenheit, or the cork is more likely to pop suddenly.
  • Don't shake the bottle.
  • To open the bottle, hold down the cork with your palm while twisting open the wire hood.
  • Point the bottle away from people and place a towel over the top.
  • Then slowly twist the bottle while holding the cork, and press downward slightly to control the cork just as it pops free.

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