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Does the legalization of fireworks mean more burn victims?

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Now that fireworks are legal, doctors are worried they’ll see more burn victims over the Fourth of July weekend.

If you plan on playing with the pyrotechnics, there are a couple of rules you’ll want to remember.

DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson said adults should start by suiting up.

“Gloves, goggles, long sleeve shirt and pants, and making sure no one is around you when you get ready to light it off,” said Captain Jackson.

He also said to use a stick lighter and to never light a firework in your hand.

“This is hard plastic, you can tell it’s done enough damage to blacken this hand," said Captain Jackson when giving a firework demonstration. “Imagine what it could do to your flesh.”

Dr. Jonthan Marti said Piedmont Hospital's emergency department is expecting five to 10 more burn victims over the holiday weekend

“They can have finger injuries, they can have finger amputations,” said Dr. Marti.

He also mentioned that the most common cases of injury are children and sparklers.

“We hand them to our little children and sparklers can get up to one to two thousand degrees,” said Dr. Marti.

To avoid extinguishing the fun, the emergency doctor believes it’s best to use common sense and always have adult supervision.

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