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Fourth of July fireworks safety is important especially with red hot sparklers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sparklers look so harmless and so much fun with their colored sparks. But that Fourth of July sparkler is a blazing hot torch, burning anywhere from 1200 to 2000 degrees.

The doctors at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center know that's hot enough to cause severe burns on hands and even ignite clothing. Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD, who goes by "Dr. Tuna" says the leave the fireworks to the professionals running the big pyrotechnic displays.

Most injuries are caused by firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers. If you are going to purchase fireworks, there are some suggested safety guidelines.

1. Keep sparklers out of the hands of children under 12

2. Don't wave sparklers (this makes them burn hotter)

3. Stand & hold a sparkler at arm's length

4. Wear close toed shoes

5. Keep a bucket of water nearby for used sparklers

Kleinert Kutz surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the U.S. 15 years ago. Matthew Scott had lost his left hand in a firecracker accident.

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