For many Americans, the 4th of July is a day of patriotism, family celebration, barbecue, and, of course, fireworks. However, each year the fun ends with a trip to the emergency room for those who aren't careful.
Last year fireworks accidents sent more than 11,000 Americans to emergency rooms.
The 4th of July holiday has earned a reputation as the most dangerous holiday in the U.S. Jennifer Carr, the Trauma Program Manager at the Corpus Christi Medical Center says 4th of July related activities and fireworks bring a lot of people into the ER.
“It is actually more common than you think. We see a lot of injuries with adults, and we also see injuries with children. We see injuries due to fireworks. We see burns to faces, hands, and eyes due to fireworks,” said Corpus Christi Medical Center Trauma Program Manager Jennifer Carr.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The injuries skyrocket around this time of year. More than 230 people on average end up in the ER with fireworks-related injuries every day in the month around July 4th.
“If somebody gets injured from a firework, you definitely want to get them to the closest emergency department. Call 911, especially if it is an injury to the face or eye. Typically a burn such as a sunburn is a first-degree burn. Anything that is more than a first-degree burn needs to be evaluated by a physician. Anything that causes the skin to open up or not stay intact anymore needs to be evaluated. Burns can scar and require lots of treatments in follow-up phases,” said Carr.
Even with seemingly harmless sparklers, parents should use great caution and think twice before handing them to children.
“Take it seriously. Realize that fireworks can cause injuries, and always have adult supervision even with sparklers. Children need to be supervised. Sparklers can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees, and so we see lots of injuries of children with fireworks. A lot of those is because of lack of adult supervision,” said Carr.
While following these tips will help, sometime injuries happen. The most common areas of the body that are injured tend to be the hands, fingers, eyes, head and face, mostly with burns. If your child gets inured, considering the following:
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