Firework Safety, WHSV First Alert Health Team

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Harrisonburg -- In our First Alert Health Team keeping you safe. We are talking about fireworks and your safety. Valley Doctors are encouraging families to celebrate safely this fourth of July.

The majority of firework accidents happen in the hands and fingers. Dr. Saied Asfa with Asfa Plastic Surgery tells WHSV the best treatment is prevention.

If you do get burned Dr. Asfa stresses to not use ice. Instead run cool water over the burn. It's also important to be aware of the size of the burn.

If you plan to use fireworks, here are some safety tips.

Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Light fireworks on a flat surface away from the house.

Light one item at a time and then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or light them in or near metal or glass containers.

Have a hose or a bucket of water nearby.

Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

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