Christine CorradoJun 30, 2017, 3:01 pm

Doctor urges caution at amateur fireworks during holiday week

Dr. Ivan Miller, Emergency Medical Director at Westchester Medical Center says fireworks can cause fractures, trauma and other injuries

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Fireworks are beautiful to look at, but they can also hurt you, as many patients come to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries.

Dr. Ivan Miller, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Westchester Medical Center says families should be aware of the dangers of fireworks this July 4th.

"Most of them are burns; we also see fractures and other blood trauma injuries and also foreign bodies, especially in the eyes," said Dr. Miller.

Miller says direct contact with sparklers can cause a serious burn as well and he does not recommend families to attend amateur fireworks shows.

"I would tell families who want to enjoy fireworks to go to a professional fireworks show,” said Miller. “The colors will be better and it will be a lot safer."

Dr. Miller says the heat released from the chemical reaction of the fireworks can cause burns to hair and eyes, so families should keep a safe distance away from fireworks.

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