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Ask the Expert: How can we avoid fireworks-related injuries?

Ask the Expert: How can we avoid fireworks-related injuries? (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms.

You can pretty much narrow down the top contributors to holiday injuries according to emergency medicine experts at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare.

The experts have a few requests for families this holiday season. The first is to limit those who light the home fireworks. There's a reason, the team says, you may want to leave it to the professionals.

Children who try to light fireworks are often hurt. The same goes for your friends who may have had too much to drink.

“You see a lot injuries related to fireworks, but also related to alcohol, a lot of common injuries most common being burns, at least associated with fireworks, and then falls and things associated with intoxication,” said Dr. Jmir Cousar of St. Elizabeth Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Cousar also says that most of the injuries are preventable.

“With a little bit of foresight you definitely could prevent most of the injuries that occur on the Fourth of July,” said Dr. Cousar.

The main injuries seen related to fireworks tend to be eyes and hands.

Protecting both of those areas is a good idea.

Delayed explosions and sparklers tend to be the two things that bring in a number of injuries.

Reading the instructions on the fireworks is also something that can reduce risks.

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