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Firework-related injuries send more than 12,000 people to ER, doctor say

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“Boy we really hate seeing these injuries come in,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, the chairman of emergency medicine at University Hospital. “The types of injuries are burns, blindness and blown off fingers."

The National Fire Protection Association says emergency rooms across the country saw nearly 13,000 people for firework-related injuries last year

“Here at University Hospital we saw about 20 last year,” said Adams. “Big injuries."

Adams says most of the injuries from fireworks are to the head, eyes and hands.

You don't even have to be the person setting them off.

“Almost half the eye injuries we see are spectators, people from 20, 30 feet away,” said Adams.

Adams recommends setting off fireworks under adult supervision.

He also warns that what may seem like the most harmless firework could do some serious damage

“[Sparklers] can burn as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Adams. “That's as hot as a blow torch."

Doctors recommend wearing eye protection if you're going to set off your own fireworks.

And after you've fired them, dispose of them properly by pouring some water on them or dunking them in a bucket of water before throwing them away.

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