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Independence day busy for Phoebe ER

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Every year as we begin to celebrate our independence, the emergency room tends to get a few more visitors.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is no exception and they've already seen a few holiday accidents so far this year.

"We know that approximately 86 hundred patients are seen in the ER throughout the whole year and two-thirds of those patients are seen in July," said Brandi Holton, Phoebe Putney Trauma Program Coordinator.

They see everything from firework injuries to sports related injuries throughout the July 4th events.

"Now that the heat is up, we are seeing a lot of heat related injuries," said Holton. "We've had a couple of grill injuries come in where people are lighting grills and lighting the pilot lights and having flash burns to the face and to the chest."

But as fireworks come into play tonight, their main concern for folks that decide to skip out on professional shows and take them into their own hands is to just be aware of their surroundings and follow instructions on packaging.

If worse comes to worse, Phoebe officials want folks to get proper care.

"Cool it off," said Holton. "We ask that you don't use butter. Don't use mayonnaise. Just use cool water. Place towels over it that are cool and then get straight to the hospital."

To prevent heat injury, folks are advised to keep water around and when it comes to driving, just use your head.

"If you're going to partake in alcohol, just do it responsibly, so that you're not putting yourself in danger but also innocent people," said Holton.

All safety tips Holton says can make a world of difference in making sure everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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