Bringing in the new year is meant to be fun, especially when fireworks are included. But with nationwide statistics saying burns to the hands and face are very common with fireworks, it is important to know what not to do.
"Just common sense really, number one fireworks and alcohol simply do not mix," said Fire Marshal Chris Etheredge from the Dothan Fire Department. "Let someone who is not drinking put on the display for you."
Keep in mind never to look into your explosive to try and figure out why it may not have gone off right away, and reading directions could also save you from a trip to the hospital.
"Keep a water source close by in case there is a fire that started from the fireworks and number two, if you have any type of injury seek medical attention immediately if it's significant, of course, dial 9-1-1," he said.
One particular type of firework to look out for is sparklers, nationwide they cause the most injuries to the hands especially with children.
"They're beautiful, they're fun but using them with common sense will ensure that everybody has a good safe New Years without injury," said Etheredge.
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