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Firefighters warn about 4th of July dangers

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PHOENIX -

The U.S. is getting ready to celebrate another birthday. However, the 4th of July is also one of the most dangerous days of the year.

Phoenix firefighters suited up in helmets and fireproof jackets, gloves and pants to keep them safe from the fireworks they are igniting.

Fireworks can be dangerous.

“They explode, they burn, they set on fire, they spark, produce smoke, all of these things can cause damage,” says Dr. Kevin Foster, Arizona Burn Center.

Every 4th of July Dr. Foster sees patients in the ER from sparkler burns to a hand blown off.

Friday, Phoenix firefighters demonstrated how hot a sparkler can get -- anywhere from 1,500 to 1,800 degrees.

“That is significant if a child is not paying attention and isn’t under close supervision and touches the tip of the sparkler to their body or their clothes, they can catch on fire,” says Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer.

That's why firefighters want parents to see how quickly a child can get hurt. Firefighters and ER doctors believe fireworks are not safe for kids or teenagers to use.

Many fireworks are legal to buy, but before you open them and use them, check with the city you live in. They might be illegal.

“Kids and fireworks don’t work, kids should not be around fireworks,” says Foster.

The doctor doesn't think parents should be around them either. He suggests leaving fireworks to the pros -- and enjoy the show.

If you're looking for something to do on the holiday, almost every city in the valley is having a fourth of July celebration.

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