July 4 is full of American traditions; unfortunately, one of them is a surge in emergency rooms across the nation.
OU Medical Center Doctor Ryan Keller said much of that has to do with alcohol.
“A lot of injuries we see are due to people having too much to drink or in pediatrics, children who are being supervised by adults who have had too much to drink,” he said.
As OU Med. Center Doctor Jason Lees tells us, it leads to bad decisions.
“Just judgement in terms of whether or not they can accomplish something that they may not be able to do,” Dr. Lees said.
Doctors warn parents to be vigilant.
With increased crowds and activity, it’s even more important to keep an eye on little ones.
Also, don’t let them light any fireworks; Dr. Greg Skuta warns that even sparklers can be dangerous.
“About one-fifth of all injuries from fireworks involve the eye and of those, about one out of four can result in very significant vision loss even blindness.”
Last year in the US almost 10,000 people were injured by fireworks.