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Every Fourth of July, emergency departments see an influx of injuries caused by fireworks. Dr. Jose Pulido, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says the hands, face and eyes are particularly vulnerable.
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Light, and get away. That warning is on firework labels for a reason.
“Fireworks are extremely dangerous, and I’ve seen extensive damage to hands, face and eyes.”
Dr. Jose Pulido says summertime, especially during the Fourth of July holiday, is when most firework injuries happen. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that firework injuries are responsible for more than 10,000 emergency department visits a year. And, many of those injuries involve the eyes.
“From just corneal abrasions, all the way to such extensive damage that we have to remove the eyes.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following firework safety tips:
Dr. Pulido says, "If you’re out, and you see somebody that gets injured, they should go directly to the emergency room.”
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