What you need to about firework safety for this Fourth of July

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand in hand. But unfortunately, fireworks and dangers do too.

Children's Hospital, Doctor James Wilde says fireworks are fun to watch. But if you're not careful, you could end up in the emergency room. 

Independence day is right around the corner, and that means its time on to celebrate our nation's birthday with a bang.

Although fireworks are amusing and colorful, they can be dangerous to everyone around them.

"Kids should not be handling fireworks, and that include teenagers, said Dr. Wilde. "Teenagers are notorious for making bad decisions and what you don't want to do is have them make a bad decision around fireworks and have them lose a hand."

Doctor Wilde from Children's Hospital of Georgia says this is the time of year when he sees a lot of firework injuries in the ER.

"People have come in with finger blown off, eyes blown out and serve burns to the face, explained Dr. Wilde."

A spokesperson at Augusta University Medical Center tells us they treat between 6 and 12 children including adults during "Fourth of July" weekend due to firework related-injuries. 

"Most of what we see is going to burns and injuries to the fingers and the hands because people are physically picking up the fireworks before they fully discharged," said Dr. Wilde.

So how do you save yourself from ending up in the ER?

  • Read directions on the label carefully.
  • Adults should always supervise young children. 
  • Wait 15-20 minutes if a firework is considered a"dud."
  • Always keep a water source on hand in case of fire.

"If you have a piece of work that has not gone off, don't use it, said Dr. James WIlde. "Stop, don't try to pick it up and find out why it goes off, don't try to re-light it. Put water on it and got the next piece of firework."

The 4th may be fun for people, but some pets hate it. The loud noises are too much. It may be a good idea to leave your pets at home.

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