Vandy Medical Prepares For Firework Injuries; Cautions Safety

Posted at 5:44 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 19:32:24-04

A 4th of July weekend tradition ended in an injury  after a child was transported to the hospital with burns.

Medical professionals hoped the number of firework-related injuries do not increase as Independence Day celebrations continued throughout Middle Tennessee.

"It turns out that the time frame around the Fourth of July, the two weeks before, and two weeks after is the time frame where majority of those injuries happen there and we see our fair share," said Oscar Guillamondegui, MD of vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 8,000 Americans end up in the hospital every year around the Fourth of July due to  firework-related accidents.
One customer said he makes sure his children are no where near the small explosives even before they are lit.

"Just making sure the areas clear that no one is around you, kids, pets, other adults even. Light it take a good five to ten steps back really quickly so that you're not in the way," said Jared Cobb.

Dr. Guillamondegui said most of these injuries are to the hands and head and can be avoided by using caution.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has already treated one patient, but staff at Vanderbilt are on high alert in anticipation for more injuries.