SHERMAN, TX - Emergency rooms nationwide, and right here in Texoma, are swamped with patients this July 4th weekend in what the National Safety Council calls "the most dangerous holiday of the year."
One Medical's Dr. Mark Buckner said they've already seen 60 patients since they opened their clinic Friday morning and they're expecting to have more than 200 patients by the end of the 4th of July weekend.
"It's been busy like most weekends are in the summer, but of course with the added influx of people it's been a busier weekend than most," he said.
Buckner said they've treated cuts and broken bones so far, but the most common injury they've seen are burns.
"You add fireworks to the mix, you're just adding one more way of getting injured. And without a doubt, you see more injuries, more trauma during that weekend than probably any other weekend in the year," he said.
They're not the only ones who are busy this weekend.
"It's not uncommon for July the 4th usually because people go out and do the fireworks, then go out in the pasture or next to roads, which popping those off the road are illegal," said Sherman's Battalion Fire Chief, Donnie Glenn.
As of 8:00 p.m. on the 4th, Grayson county firefighters rushed to 32 grassfires throughout the area, most of them started by fireworks, according to the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management.
Glenn, said they responded to several of those fires and advised residents to be extra careful because vegetation is starting to dry up.
"Have some water out there or fire extinguisher. And remember that especially on the 4th of July when they go up in the air, you don't know when they're gonna come down. They can come down in the pasture, they can come down into people's houses and they can start a fire," he said.
Both Glenn and Buckner said they are expecting more calls and emergencies to respond to throughout the weekend. That's why they are reminding everyone to stay safe.