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OKLAHOMA CITY– While families all across the country will be turning their eyes to the skies, doctors say their offices will be filled with patients suffering from fireworks-related injuries.

According to the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms last year.

The most common injury is burns or cuts to the hands, eyes and legs.

The fireworks that cause the most injuries are firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets.

Experts stress that nearly half of those injured are children.

Officials at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, children younger than 15 account for 4 out of every 10 holiday-related injuries.

Authorities created a list of tips for parents this Independence Day:

  • Even though some parents consider sparklers to be “safe fireworks,” they can actually reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are a leading cause of firework-related injuries.
  • The accidents often happen when a parent or adult is present. Supervision alone is not enough to prevent serious injuries.
  • 1 in 4 firework-related injuries to children occurs when they are just watching. Even if you do not allow your children to touch fireworks, they can still be seriously injured if they are around others who are using fireworks.