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July 3, 2005

Albany- With many small fireworks legal for the first time for the Fourth of July in Georgia, Emergency Rooms are anticipating a busy weekend.

The Phoebe Putney Hospital's ER is the busiest ER in South Georgia. They say they'll have extra staff working this holiday in case an emergency should arise. Physicians here caution the use of small fireworks, especially mixed with any alcohol, but say most incident's should be minor.

"If it is a minor burn, presumably most of these should be minor, what you can do is if you have some ice, put ice on it, take some pain medicine by mouth, something like Tylenol or Motrin if you don't have a reaction to that," said Dr. Alfred Woodard Jr., Phoebe Putney ER.

You should also cover the wound. If the pain persists or if the burn begins to bubble, you should seek a doctor's help.

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