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Experts urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- With Fourth of the July approaching, health experts are urging people to be careful when they use fireworks. Doctor James Kraatz, with the Burn and Wound Clinic at Bronson Healthcare, says that he's seen a lot of injuries caused by fireworks, and not always just because the victim wasn't using them properly. He says his advice is to avoid them altogether.

"It's important to remember that even approved fireworks, class C or consumer fireworks that you see at those tents, have the potential to hurt or even kill people," Kraatz told WKZO. "So, our recommendation would certainly be that the safest thing is to leave the fireworks to the professionals."

Doctor Kraatz tells us that if you do use fireworks, be sure to keep a water source nearby at all times, as fireworks are the cause of 18 thousand fires each year. He says that even sparklers burn at a thousand degrees, so caution should always be the top priority with it comes to using fireworks.