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Let professionals handle fireworks, says emergency official

About 200 people are rushed to emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries each day during the holiday period. (Source: MGN Online) About 200 people are rushed to emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries each day during the holiday period. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 200 people are rushed to emergency rooms around the United States every single day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the July 4 weekend.

Almost half of the injuries were to hands or fingers. The eyes, head, face and ears made up another 34 percent of all injuries. 11 percent of the injuries were to the legs.
     
HEMSI's Don Webster says it's becoming all too common.

"There's always something terrible that happens every year in this country with fireworks displays," Webster said. "It just takes adult supervision, common sense. I think the best medicine is to sit and watch the professionals do it. Is the best thing that I recommend."

Webster also warns that it will be hot this Independence Day weekend, so watch out for signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke while celebrating.

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