LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — With the 4th of July right around the corner, many emergency rooms are preparing to see some repeated injuries throughout the holiday weekend.
Doctors at Saint Joseph Health say they often see hand and face injuries, burn injuries, and dehydration during the summer season, especially around the 4th of July holiday. However, they say there are things you can do to stay protected.
“A lot of typical injuries from summer events or outdoor activities include children falling off bikes and scooters, playground injuries, and trampoline injuries. 4th of July specifically, we do see more burn injuries and traumatic amputations, and lacerations from fireworks. For bikes and other outdoor activities make sure your child is wearing a helmet. Make sure they’re supervised around pools. Young children should never be handling fireworks on their own and older children should be closely supervised. The most common firework injuries we see are from sparklers and firecrackers. Burn injuries to the hands and face and eyes can be life-changing, and no one ought to spend their 4th of July in the ER for any period of time at all,” said Dr. Hartej Dhillon, the medical director for the Emergency Department at Saint Joseph East.
Dr. Dhillon also says people should not drink or do drugs if handling fireworks and reminds everyone to stay hydrated and in the shade when out celebrating.