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Guest: Ashley Forsyth raises fireworks safety awareness

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

July is Fireworks Safety month, and with Independence Day almost here, people are gearing up to celebrate the holiday.

Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to celebrate our nation's freedom, but they can also be harmful, even deadly if not used properly.

Ashley Forsyth, trauma coordinator for Columbus Regional Health, visited the WTVM studio to talk with Cheryl Renee about fireworks safety.

"We typically see burns and burst injuries from the actual ignition of the firework," said Forsyth. "Typically, we see them to the hands, arms, face and eyes."

Forsyth encouraged parents to supervise their kids constantly around fireworks.

"A lot of times parents think, even simple fireworks like sparklers, they think, ‘Oh, it's not that big of a deal.' But they're very hot. So it's absolutely necessary to supervise children using fireworks," said Forsyth.

She says parents should also be the person to ignite the fireworks.

"Stand back when you ignite it. Get as far back as you can, and if it does not explode, it was not meant to be. Don't go and try to reignite it," she said.

Fires are also a big problem, according to Forsyth. She recommended igniting the fireworks in open areas, and not in carports or near areas with dry leaves or grass.

"We are definitely prepared for injuries that come in," Forsyth assured. "Usually, any holiday that has fireworks in the celebration, we do typically see injuries that come in. So we are very prepared for that."

And the injuries are common in both adults and children.

"If you do get an injury, getting help fast is a big deal. Don't use home remedies. Don't put butter or toothpaste on a burn. Go to the emergency room," she says.  

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