People push for firework safety over holiday weekend

The holiday weekend is quickly approaching and lots of people have safety on their minds when dealing with fireworks. 
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The holiday weekend is quickly approaching and lots of people have safety on their minds when dealing with fireworks.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth sees an increase of patients in their burn unit from firework injuries each year. Eric Jensen, an RN Community Outreach Coordinator at the burn unit, said most patients are either young adults or children and medical professionals see a large intake the day after the 4th of July. With Lincoln Police seeing a large uptake in firework calls and in the midst of COIVD-19, health professionals are preparing for possibly even a bigger spike in injuries for this year.

Although some would argue firework safety is common sense, Jensen says those basic safety rules can be forgotten and people need to be mindful of what can happen if fireworks are not used properly. “A quick split second decision can change somebody’s life and/or the next few weeks, for sure”, Jensen told Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter Alexa Skonieski.

Health professionals are not the only people speaking out on how risky fireworks can be. Clarence Patterson, the manager at Kracklin Kirk’s Fireworks in Denton, wants to remind customers to please read the labels on the packages, have a bucket of water in the area while lighting off fireworks for emergencies, and keep a close eye on children while you partake in the independence day activities.

Fireworks go on sale in Lincoln on Friday and are only allowed to be used between the times of 8 a.m. till 11 p.m. July 3rd and from 8 a.m. till 11:59 p.m. July 4th.

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