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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic surgeons provide safety tips
ROSEMONT, Ill, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amid the family barbecues and parades each Independence Day is the popular tradition of fireworks displays. While many families take to their neighborhood parks to watch these magnificent bursts of colors, others opt to create a spectacle in their own backyards.
While many people see fireworks as harmless entertainment, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) wants revelers to take precaution.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that for fireworks-related injuries:
"Fireworks are a fun and memorable part of the 4th of July holiday, but can cause devastating injuries if not used properly," said Columbia, MO. orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Brett Crist, MD. "If you are going to use fireworks, consider following recommended safety tips to protect your fingers and other parts of the body. For example, never hold lighted fireworks with your hand or place them near the body."
There are plenty of ways for you to enjoy fireworks this summer without putting yourself or your family at risk:
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