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Fireworks safety tips

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Thousands of people are injured while using fireworks every year and doctors have some suggestions on how to reduce your chance of becoming part of that statistic. 

In 2014, 14-year-old Loren Melville was hit with a bottle rocket in her eye. She lost her vision and had to have surgery to reconstruct her eye. She can see now but has long-term damage.

Doctors said the girl’s injury is not unique but the most common injuries sustained from fireworks are burns.

“If you’re gonna do them, have your parents with you and don’t throw them while they’re lit,” Melville said. “Be cautious, always know what’s going off and when it’s going off and just be aware.”

Doctors suggest wearing sneakers when lighting fireworks to reduce the amount of exposed skin and prevent burns. They also said not to hold a firework while lighting it and to put the firework in a plastic container and set it on the ground a safe distance away. 

Click here for more safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety. 

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