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Safety Stressed for Tomorrow's Holiday

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As Arkansans ready for their annual July 4 celebrations, public safety officials are encouraging revelers to take precautions to ensure the holiday is a safe one.

The Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock has extended the small craft advisory on the Arkansas River.  Recent rains in Oklahoma have increased the flow of the river throughout Arkansas.  The Corps is strongly advising people not to get on the river because of high flows and bad currents.

One concern is debris that's coming down and how fast the river is flowing.  Debris can go through the hull of a boat.

Bill Sadler, spokesman for the Arkansas State Police, said troops will step up patrols on the holiday as well.  Troops will be in high-traffic areas throughout the state, he said.

Fireworks safety is also a concern on the holiday.

Arkansas Children's Hospital said it treated nine patients for fireworks-related injuries in its emergency department over the July 4 holiday last year.

The hospital said although all fireworks can cause injuries, sparklers are the firework most likely to injure small children.  The hospital says the tip of a lit sparkler can reach more than a thousand degrees.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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