SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – Every year about 760 people go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries, and on average, seven people die from fireworks-related incidents.
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Avera Health officials said one of the most common injuries they see are minor burns to the hand, and the sparklers that parents give to their kids are the main culprit.
“Even though we think sparklers are kind of the most safe of all fireworks, if we think about that they burn at almost 2,000 degrees, so we don’t allow our children to walk around the oven when it’s hot, why would we allow our children to walk around with a 2,000 degree sparkler in their hand,” Jared Friedman, Avera clinical vice president of emergency medicine, said.
Other ways to stay safe when using fireworks: keep a source of water nearby, always use adult supervision, and drink after lighting all fireworks.