MACON, Ga. —

Navicent Health is urging people to stay safe while using fireworks this Fourth of July holiday.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 280 people per day will visit emergency rooms across the country in the month surrounding Independence Day. 

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Navicent says children make up a large portion of those injured, resulting in burns to the hands and fingers, followed by injuries involving the head, face, eyes, and ears.

They say even the smallest fireworks like sparklers can cause serious injuries.

Navicent recommends these tips to avoid injury: 

  • Handle and use fireworks according to warning labels
  • Light fireworks on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from buildings, dry leaves, flammable materials, and people
  • Do not try to relight fireworks
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then quickly move away
  • Keep a phone and a bucket of water handy, and know first aid for burns

They also urge adults to closely watch all children when fireworks are present.

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