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Health officials worry about more firework injuries this year

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Doctors always worry about people shooting off fireworks around the Fourth of July, but they say it's an even bigger worry this year.

Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality and safety officer at UW Health, said he thinks more people who haven't used them before may try.

Many community displays are canceled due to the pandemic response, and people may still want them to be part of their celebrations.

"We just want people to be extra careful if they choose to use fireworks, so they don't have to end up coming to visit me in the emergency department," said Dr. Pothof.

Pothof added, fireworks can be unpredictable, so give them plenty of room if you decide to light them. Also sparklers may seem like a safer choice, but they can cause severe burns.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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