As emergency rooms statewide brace for the annual influx of injuries the July 4th holiday brings, experts at OU Medicine urge Oklahoma families to take steps to stay safe.
Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency departments with burns and other fireworks-related injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the vast majority of these occur in the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. Eight out of every 100 injuries require hospitalization or transfer to a burn center.
Burns are the most common injury to all parts of the body except the eyes, where contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies in the eyes occur more frequently.
To help keep the July 4th celebration fun and safe, the experts at OU Medicine offer these tips:
To learn more about fireworks safety around the 4th of July and other ways to keep your kids safe during the holidays, watch this OU Medicine chat with Jennifer Parrot, NP-C, Certified Nurse Practitioner and trauma injury prevention expert.
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