FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Doctors are warning about the dangers of fireworks and the injuries they encounter in burn units around July 4.

“The Fourth of July is actually the busiest holiday for burn centers across the country, and we see thousands of injuries,” Kopari said.

Dr. Nicole Kopari, medical director of the burn unit at Community Regional Medical Center, said the Fourth of July is a holiday her department dreads all year because of the injuries they see.

“We see a lot of people losing limbs, fingers and eyes because of the fireworks,” Kopari said.

“Some of the most dangerous things we see come directly from the fireworks themselves, but we also see injuries to bystanders, for example when people have caught fire.”

She says such injuries can be life-changing and advises leaving fireworks to professionals. But if you are going to use fireworks, take precautions.

“We never recommend that children under the age of 18 play with fireworks or even hold fireworks,” Kopari said.

“Even sparklers can get up to 1500 degrees. So they are incredibly dangerous. If you are going to set off fireworks, make sure you have a hose or a bucket of water to put them out.”

If you get burned, she says, you should remove clothing from the burned area and treat minor burns with cold water, but avoid topical treatments and seek medical attention if you do.

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