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July 4th Weekend Busy For Emergency Rooms

July 4th weekend is keeping hospital emergency rooms hopping. 

A top Indiana ER doctor says about half of all fireworks injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption.  Dr. Patrick Maier says they tend to see lots of people with hand injuries and superficial burns. Maier says some of the hand injuries are life altering.  He says they also see a fair amount of children who've been burned after falling in the vicinity of live fireworks.  He says they see lots of adults who've been drinking while lighting or holding fireworks that may prematurely explode. 

Maier says most of the injuries they see are preventable.  He says people either stand too close or hold onto fireworks too long.  He says people should always have a fire extinguisher and bucket of water nearby while they're using fireworks and keep a safe distance.  
 

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