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Upstate officials and doctors urge safety during holiday weekend

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's one of the first big holidays of the summer. The weather is hot and everybody is out having a good time, but although the fourth of July is a time for celebration, those who work to keep you safe, don't want you throwing caution to the wind. 

"There's going to be events all across South Carolina, and if you really really want to enjoy fireworks, let the professionals do it," said Greenville City Fire inspector, Tito Dendy.

He said city fire departments strongly urge you not set off your own fireworks in the city limits. "With this drought, you've got families that go out and they'll begin to shoot fireworks, they don't set up a safe zone, they're not using safety features," said Dendy.

He said fireworks can be very dangerous, and cause on average 15 thousand fires a year. In May flames broke out at a Greenville County home and fireworks in the house were then ignited. 

"They're fun, they're fun to see, they're fun to watch, but they're very very dangerous," said Dendy. If you will be setting off their own light show, he said to keep water nearby and light them in an open space,"people have lost fingers, people have lost their vision."

All because of fireworks. Doctors like those at Emergency MD on Pleasantburg Drive often see the aftermath of these injuries. 

"We see a lot of trauma this time of year and then fireworks just exacerbate the problem," said Dr. Jason Blasenak. 

He works at Emergency MD and said often they see alcohol playing a role in certain injuries they see during the holiday. "We see a lot of lacerations and amputations is secondary to the fireworks as well and then spinal injuries is mostly diving into pools when people are intoxicated, they just don't think about it," said Blasenak.

 Above all Dr. Blasenak recommends keeping yourself fully hydrated to avoid any other medical issues. 

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