The 4th and Fireworks

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Story Updated: Jun 28, 2013

Just one week until the 4th of July so it's the perfect time to talk about ways to play it safe this red, white and blue holiday.

The American College of Emergency Physicians strongly recommends you let the PROs take care of the pyrotechnics

But If fireworks are legal where you live, and you're planning to use some at home, start by buying from a reputable dealer.

Make sure an experienced adult handles things on the big day and that all warning labels and instructions are read and followed.

Young children should not be given anything to hold...including sparklers, which can burn as hot as a blow torch. Older children should be supervised by a responsible adult.

When setting off the fireworks, make sure you light the fuse...and immediately back up. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency and to cool off any hot spots.

Almost half of fireworks injuries are to a person's hands or fingers while, a-third impact the eyes, head, face and ears.

The best way to make sure you don't add to these

statistics celebrate this Independence Day by watching a professional fireworks display put on by experts.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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