By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Doctors and safety experts are demonstrating just how dangerous fireworks can be ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.READ MORE: University Of Pittsburgh Therapy Dogs Get In The Halloween Spirit At The Cathedral Of Learning
The UPMC Mercy Burn Center and Pittsburgh Public Safety teamed with the Burn Prevention Network to provide a fireworks safety lesson.
Despite the pandemic and far fewer celebrations, last year, Pennsylvania saw more than 15,000 burn injuries related to fireworks.READ MORE: Fayette County Doctor Pleads Guilty To Prescribing Opioids In Exchange For Sex
If you do plan on setting off fireworks, never let young children play or light fireworks, including sparklers. They can burn at 2,000 degrees.
“Every year we see significant facial and hand injuries, even a small injury in those area can affect a patient for the rest of their lives,” UPMC Mercy Burn Center Medical Director Dr. Jenny Ziembicki said.
Never try to re-light or pick up a firework that is malfunctioning and have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or hose nearby just in case.MORE NEWS: Fire Destroys Patete Kitchen And Bath's Woodshop Area, Showroom Damaged
Another reminder from safety officials, it’s illegal to set off fireworks within 150 feet of any building.