Emergency rooms get ready for 4th of July rush

July 02, 2019 06:30 PM

Cameron Wynn is looking forward to the 4th of July holiday. 

"It's a day of relaxation, just enjoying the sunshine and the family," said Wynn.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Wynn was shopping for some fireworks. With 2-year-old daughter Nataliya in tow, Wynn says this year's at home display will be low key.

"I know about fireworks so I'll be cautious, but not everyone knows. Some people just think they're toys, they're not," said Wynn.

Deshaun White has operated the Phantom Fireworks tent at Colonie Center for two years now. Everything he sells is legal according to New York state standards and there is an emphasis on safety.

"We really do have to advise everybody how to do everything properly and we have pamphlets that we give them," said White.

There is even a video available for customers to watch and learn.

However, doctors warn that even the best intentions can end in injury when it comes to playing with fire. Last year, more than 9,000 people were injured in firework-related accidents nationwide. Eleven percent of those injuries were kids ages 4 and under.

While New York does not allow sparklers with metal rods, they often make their way into the state illegally. Dr. Kurt Edwards with Albany Medical Center says these are particularly dangerous for kids.

"Discarding the metal rod allows kids to pick them up or people to step on them with bare feet," said Dr. Edwards.

Dr. Edwards says the rods can heat up to more than 1,200 degrees and cause severe burns.

Dr. Edwards says Albany Medical Center will increase their staffing levels in the emergency room over the 4th of July holiday week. He says they anticipate an influx of firework-related injuries as well as other injuries and ailments that often occur at holiday parties and events.


Jacquie Slater

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