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Hospital Urging Firework Safety Over Holiday

JACKSON, Miss.–The University of Mississippi Medical Center is trying to prevent accidents before they happen this July 4 holiday.

Dr. Richard Summers of the UMMC said that accidents with fireworks are pretty few and far between but are usually severe.

“Particular injuries that we worry about are ones that involve the eyes or hands or burns,” he said.

Many times youngsters are hurt because their parents aren’t watching over them at the time of injury.

“We recommend adult supervision at all times, wear protective goggles and also don’t ever light a firework while holding it in your hand,” said Dr. Summers.

He pointed out that always know in what direction the fireworks will head as to not go into a crowd of people or start a fire by landing on the roof of a house.

Celebrating the Fourth of July can be fun and safe, Summers says, as long of people exercise appropriate caution and control.


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