Since many local and citywide 4th of July parades, festivals and community activities have been cancelled due to concerns over the Coronavirus, many families are creating their own holiday festivities. And while that can be fun, it can also be dangerous.
In fact, hospital studies show that the peak timeframe for summer injuries is the week of July fourth.. Everything from roughhousing in the pool to fireworks gone wrong, boating accidents to grilling accidents, tripping outside or allergies to bee stings, Fourth of July activities can lead to emergency care.
Here are the most commonly reported July 4th injuries according to the American Medical Association (AMA):
- Broken ankle, toe or foot
- Sprained ankle or knee
- Burned fingers, hand or face from misfired fireworks
- Severe burns from grill fires
- Debilitating dehydration or intoxication
- Cuts or wounds from playing outside
How can you help prevent these injuries?
- Keep an eye on children while they are swimming or playing outside. Safety first. Never leave children unattended – even for a minute – around pools. Even small pools can be drowning hazards.
- Sunscreen is a must. Sunburns can happen quickly – especially around pools and lakes, which tend to reflect and magnify UV rays.
- Make sure all matches and lighters are stored somewhere children cannot reach or find.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended – even for a moment.
- Leave fireworks to the professionals.
- Drive slowly and watch for bicycles, and playing children in your neighborhood.
- Make sure everyone stays well hydrated during playtime and pool time. Have plenty of drinkable water on hand.
- Make sure pools, decks, steps, and yards are well-lit after dark.
What to do in case of emergency
- Make sure you have a basic first aid kit readily available. Everyone in your family should know where it is. Keep it well stocked.
- Don’t panic over an injury. Bleeding wounds often look worse at first glance than they actually are. Most wounds are treatable at home with soap, water, antiseptic, and clean bandages. The more cool-headed a parent is about dealing with an injury, the less panicked the child.
- When in doubt about the severity of a wound, especially one that won’t stop bleeding, appears deep, or is swelling or discoloring rapidly, head to the nearest emergency room. Meanwhile, apply steady pressure and cool packs (but never ice skin directly) to the wounded area. Elevate it (such a having a child keep a hurt hand above his head) as much as possible.
- Severe bee stings and intense allergic reactions (especially when breathing is compromised) may also call for a trip to the emergency room.
At RoseLake Estates, we want your 4th of July weekend to be safe and lots of fun. The best plan to keep your family accident-free is to be alert and anticipate potential problems – heading them off before they happen.