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Teens and children are most at risk of suffering injuries from fireworks


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Fourth of July is usually a busy night at the two Emergency Rooms in Kalamazoo and Dr. David Rossi, the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Borgess says so many of the burns, abrasions and injuries they see are avoidable and unnecessary.

He says for every adult who comes in with an injury, they see four children with burns, abrasions, even damaged fingers and hands. 

Children should stay away from duds, learn to light and run, and be informed of safety procedures and how to handle fireworks.  They should always be supervised by adults.

There should always be a bucket of water or charged garden hose nearby and ready to be deployed should the need arise. 

He says it’s not always the explosive rockets, roman candles and fire crackers doing the damage, a lot of the burns come from old fashioned sparklers.

He says unsupervised mischief; children getting into the fireworks bag while their parents aren’t around often causes injuries too.