ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services said the number of calls for help skyrockets during the evening on the Fourth of July so they will have more paramedics working the holiday.
Last year, the department responded to 65 calls which is equivalent to an average day.
The calls typically peak right at sundown when fireworks start and go until 2 in the morning.
Paramedics usually get calls of respiratory distress and anxiety attacks.
"Some people can't distinguish the difference between fireworks and actual gun fire so they think actual shots are being fired which there are and we recommend not to do that," said Director Sam Allen.
Dougherty County EMS also asked residents to use caution and good judgment, never handle fireworks if you've been drinking alcohol.
Also, residents should use a multipurpose lighter with an extension to avoid hand injuries.
There will be an EMS crew staged by the city's 4th of July Downtown Celebration tomorrow night.
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