July 4th Fun Reveals Hidden Health Hazards

Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net.

Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– July 4 is a time for celebration, whether it’s a family get together in the backyard or a trip out of town for some R and R. With all the fun going on, we sometimes forget about the dangers July 4th merrymaking can bring.

Fireworks, swimming pools and hot temperatures can all put a damper on your good times if you’re not careful. Doctors at local AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Cares and American Family Care facilities often see a surge in patients seeking treatment for injuries and illnesses over the July 4th holiday.

Consider this:

•    In the month around the July 4th holiday, 65 percent of people on average seek medical treatment every day with fireworks-related injuries

•    Most fireworks injuries are caused by banned, illegal or homemade devices

•    Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children

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