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Medical experts, fireworks dealers stress July 4 safety

Fireworks dealers say they want to make sure families buy and use the items they sell responsibly. (Source: WAFF) Fireworks dealers say they want to make sure families buy and use the items they sell responsibly. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Setting off fireworks is a risk, no matter what. 

Emergency room doctor Ric Solis recommended folks stick to watching the professional fireworks shows instead of setting off their own amateur ones. If you really want to do it yourself, make sure you're prepared.

"We see a lot of burns," Solis said. "Hands, fingers, arms, legs, with a significant proportion also being head injuries as well as eye injuries," he said.

Solis says he discourages parents from letting children set off fireworks.

"Children should either not use them at all if they're small children, or if they're older children, they should be supervised at all times," Solis said.

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Folks selling fireworks agree with that.

"We try to make sure parents are with the children when they're coming to pick up the fireworks, [and] we ask that anyone under 16 does not purchase fireworks and if they do look younger than an adult we ask for their id and make sure they are at least 16 years old before we sell a firework to the children," said Janette Miller with TNT Fireworks.

If you want to set off fireworks anyway, take precautions. Always have a bucket of water on standby to put out a fire or to use on burns. Solis says to avoid using home remedies on burns and just go straight to the hospital.

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