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Fireworks-related injuries are on the rise

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(WJLA) - It’s a family business, and Alice McLain is at it again. This year, their fireworks stand has been up for almost two weeks:

"My mom has been doing this for over 50 years," she says. "A lot of the people who come, they've been coming for years."

But she says she is also there to remind them not to let kids play with the fireworks: "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Nevertheless, it is happening. Fireworks-related injuries are on the rise, and according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the national numbers jumped significantly between 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, there were 8,700 injuries, and last year, more than 11,000 people were injured. Most happened around the Fourth of July.

Dr. Leila Hall is the Medical Director at Suburban Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Center, and says:

"It's always surprising to parents. Your child can turn around for a second and then your child can get hurt in the blink of an eye."

And it doesn’t have to be those big, loud fireworks. Something as simple as sparklers can get up to 2,00 degrees and cause damage to the eyes and skin.

"You could see a child who has a blistering burn like a second-degree burn, even third-degree burns," says Dr. Hall.

She says to always have a plan and a bucket of water ready – along with plenty of adult supervision.

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