While many will be enjoying fireworks this Fourth of July, local doctors advise against lighting up your own at home.
It is the busiest time of the year for medical burn units.
Across the country, more than 10,000 people suffer burns on the holiday.
Vidant expects several people to come in a day this week with burns.
Doctors say it is especially important not to use fireworks around small children or when drinking alcohol.
“Children shouldn’t be playing with those kinds of things,” Dr. Ted Delbridge, M.D., said. “Everyone should be well supervised and have a backup safety plan. You have to be prepared for things that happen unexpectedly. things that catch on fire that are not supposed to, things that are hot well after they are done being hot.”
Face and hand injuries are most common and can be life altering.
Doctors say it is safest to enjoy fireworks at public displays.