Cleveland Clinic Florida Doctors Warn Against Firework Dangers

The Fourth of July holiday has emergency rooms busy with fireworks-related injuries.  An estimated 11,900 fireworks-related injuries were treated in E.R.'s nationwide in 2015, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Physicians say injuries that involve the face or hand are most common.  Dr. David Friedman with Cleveland Clinic Florida says preventing accidents from fireworks is key.

"You need to be very careful of a firework that doesn't explode or doesn't go off properly if you're launching fireworks yourself and stay clear of that firework," said Dr. Friedman.

Dr. Friedman says sparklers are often thought of as safe, but they're not.

"They can burn anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees, which can melt metal," said Dr. Friedman.

He recommends attending firework displays and leaving the job to professionals.

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