As many in the east prepare for tomorrow’s festivities, healthcare officials want to make sure you stay safe while you enjoy the holiday.
Officials said around 11,000 people suffer burn-related injuries this time of year.
30% of those injuries are children.
Burns from grills, fireworks and even sparklers are among the most common.
9 On Your Side spoke with Vidant Injury Prevention Coordinator Ellen Walston about the injuries they see this time of year.
“Unfortunately, this is the time of year we see a real spike in injuries,” said Walston. We don’t want to be a spoiler and not have fun. We certainly want children to have supervision around hit grills, anything heat related.”
Another thing you can do is keep a water source nearby while using fireworks.