KATY, TEXAS (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. Emergency medicine physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital want to remind people to stay safe while celebrating.

“We know a lot of people enjoy fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday. However, fireworks can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injuries if used recklessly,” says Mikael Lucas, M.D., Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Emergency Services.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission 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.

“Even the smallest fireworks, like firecrackers and sparklers, can cause serious burns. If the burn is larger than your hand, or a blister forms soon after the injury, you should seek medical attention or call 9-1-1,” adds Dr. Lucas.

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

“Our area is no stranger to high heat and humidity which can lead to everything from sunburn to heatstroke. We want people to stay safe: drink lots of water, use sunscreen, and find some shade,” reminds Dr. Lucas.

If an emergency does arise, Memorial Hermann Katy’s emergency center stands ready to meet the needs of critically ill or injured patients, both adults and children. The level IV trauma center is staffed with specially trained nurses and physicians prepared to provide critical care services.