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Firework injuries skyrocket in weeks surrounding the 4th of July

Millions of Americans will take part in the age-old tradition of setting off fireworks this fourth of July. It’s a sight you hate to miss. But if mishandled, fireworks can turn your fourth of July experience from fun to sad or serious.

Nearly 13,000 people were treated for firework related injuries in 2017. 67% of those injuries occur in the weeks leading up to and following the fourth of July. A new report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that sparklers are actually the number one cause of injury. 

"The metal in association with the sparkler can reach temperatures of 1800-3000 degrees," says Dr. Charlie Peters of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Franciscan Healthcare in Onalaska. "… which is hot enough to melt Metal."

The CPSC estimates that in 2016 there were roughly 900 emergency room visits related to sparklers. Nearly half of those injuries were children four and under. 

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