Physicians Encourage Safety While Celebrating Independence Day

Cypress, TX (June 29. 2016) The upcoming Independence Day holiday may have people thinking about fireworks, barbecues, and outdoor activities. However, they are the very same activities that can make the holiday a dangerous one. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holiday weekends of the year. Physicians and staff at the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Cypress want to remind people to stay safe while celebrating.

“We see a lot of heat and firework related injuries during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Parents may not think about it, but even sparklers can cause serious burns,” says Marco Garza, M.D., a board-certified emergency medicine physician and Medical Director of the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Cypress. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds parents that sparklers can burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees.

The CPSC also offers these tips to use fireworks more safely:

-          Follow local laws

-          Do not allow young children to play with fireworks and older children should have adult supervision

-          Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting

-          Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies

If a person is burned by a firework, the injury may need immediate care.

“Any burn involving your face, hands, feet, genitals or over a major joint should get medical attention. If the burn is larger than your hand, or a blister forms soon after the injury, you should go to the emergency center or call 9-1-1,” adds Dr. Garza.

The summer heat can also prove dangerous over the holiday weekend.

“It’s no secret that it’s hot here in Texas. Spending too much time in the sun can lead to everything from sunburn to heatstroke,” reminds Dr. Garza. Physicians encourage people to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and take a break from the sun when possible.

“If you do choose to drink alcohol over the holiday weekend, it’s even more important that you also drink plenty of water. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause dehydration. Dehydration combined with the Texas heat can make for a dangerous situation,” advises Dr. Garza.

If an emergency does arise, the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Cypress offers a 24-hour emergency center at their location at 27700 Northwest Freeway in Cypress, Texas. The Convenient Care Center also offers access to primary care physicians through the Memorial Hermann Medical Group, a diagnostic laboratory, outpatient imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care with Memorial Hermann and Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann