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Harmless Looking Fireworks Can Be Harmful

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Safety first when you are talking about fireworks this Fourth of July.

Dr. Rodrigo Moreno from Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center says be aware of hand held sparklers.

Sparklers may look harmless but they can reach temperatures between 1200 and 2000 degrees.

Hot enough to cause severe burns on hands and to catch clothes on fire.

Last year, 16 percent of all fireworks injuries on the Fourth of July were caused by sparklers, many of these injuries in children 5 years and younger.

Best advice:

Keep sparklers out of the hands of children under 12.

Don't wave sparklers in the air.

Stand when using a sparkler.

Never hold a child with a lit sparkler.

Don't light one sparkler with another.

Never use more than one sparkler at a time.

Hold a sparkler at arm's length and never near someone's face.

Wear closed-toed shoes.

Have a bucket of water nearby to put used sparklers.

Have a safe Fourth of July celebration.

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