Preventing fireworks-related injuries

COLUMBUS, Ga. – According to the Fireworks Information Center, more than 200 people go to emergency room with fireworks-related injuries around July Fourth.  Pam Kirkland with the Health Department says the best way to avoid injuries on the Fourth of July is to leave it professionals and go to a public display.

She says injuries to the hands, fingers, eyes and face are the most common injuries.  If you do light your own fireworks, Kirkland says to move back quickly after lighting them.

“Be sure to have a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of any emergencies and if you do get injured or someone in your party is injured, go to the emergency room and seek medical attention right away,” Kirkland said.

In Georgia, fireworks can only be set off between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m., but the time is extended until 2 a.m. this Monday for the Fourth of July holiday.

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