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firwork rocket injuryOne of the unfortunate, yet seemingly inevitable results on the 4th of July is that people will badly injure themselves while being irresponsible with fireworks. For example, consider a recent article for My FOX Boston titled “2 children seriously injured by fireworks in Dorchester.”

The author of the article writes, “Two children under the age of 10 were seriously injured by fireworks over the holiday weekend. One boy lost his hand and another cannot see. The two were part of a group of children who lit fireworks that they found near a park. The incident happened on Sunday around noon on Howard Avenue in Dorchester. Nine-year-old Raciel Carbuccia lost a hand. The other boy, Jerry Constantine, suffered injuries to his face and cannot see, according to family members. ‘He starts to cry when he knows he can’t see us,’ said Briana Flores, Jerry’s cousin. ‘He still has no vision.’ Both boys suffered burns to their hands and face. ‘His hands, the skin was blown off. They had to skin graft his arms to his hand to repair it,’ said Jerry’s aunt and guardian Tiffany Oliva.”

One man who has suffered injuries during a fireworks-related accident is taking it upon himself to help inform others. FOX 59 takes a look at this in a recent article titled “Man badly burned by fireworks gives tips on how to have a safe Fourth of July.” Eric Levy of FOX 59 writes, “Dr. Roth offers this tips if you or someone around you gets burned: ‘Stop, drop and roll, extinguish the fire as quickly as possible, get any smoldering or burning clothing off of the victim.’ Roth also says apply cool water to any burns, get to a hospital, or call 911. ‘Leave lighting fireworks to the professionals and just sit back and enjoy watching the work that they do,’ Roth added. If you are lighting them off, experts say wear safety glasses as well as a hat in case any embers fall on top of your head. Have a bucket of water nearby for the spent fireworks and keep spectators at least 75 feet away.”

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