We’re gearing up for Fourth of July weekend. So here’s a reminder to make sure it’s a SAFE one for you and your family. A few different Fourth of July related injuries have been on the rise over the last decade. Here are the top three to be aware of . . .
1. Firework injuries. They’re up 32% since 2012, partly because parents don’t keep a close enough eye on their kids. The most at-risk group is teens between 15 and 19. Last year, one in eight injuries caused by fireworks were in that age group.
2. Grilling injuries are up 18% in the last decade. Little kids are the most likely to get burned. One in five patients who show up to the E.R. with a grill-related injury are under the age of 10.
3. Heat-related deaths. They’re up 56% in the last three years alone. People at the highest risk for heat stroke are babies, young kids, and seniors 85 and up.