North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and the July 4th Holiday

There are many ways to celebrate Independence Day. The physicians and staff at UNC’s Burn Center hope you do them all safely.

July 3, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Every year around July 4th the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center sees multiple admissions as a result of Independence Day activities. Here’s a look at the numbers and some common reasons that people end up at the hospital around the holiday.

Some quick facts

  • The Burn Center averages around 17 admissions from July 4-6.
  • Firework-related burns are the most common reason for admission.
  • The average age of patients with firework-related injuries is 21 years old.
  • Sparklers are the most common cause of injuries for pediatric patients.
  • The hands are the most common part of the body to be injured from fireworks.

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2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total Admissions

17

11

12

13

24

21

15

23

15

23

Firework Admissions

2

5

4

6

8

12

4

8

7

4

 

Other common causes of burn injuries around July 4th

  • 2nd - Cooking accidents in the kitchen like grease or scald burns
  • 3rd – Grill incidents like propane explosions or burns from flames
  • 4th – Campfires
  • 5th – Brush or trash fires
  • 6th – Boat fires

Samuel Jones
Samuel Jones, MD
Samuel Jones, MD, associate director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn center and associate professor of surgery in the UNC School of Medicine, says, “When operating fireworks please take every necessary precaution. Please do not let small children operate or handle fireworks, including sparklers. If you do sustain a burn injury while operating fireworks, please do not underestimate the severity of the injury. Go to your local ER for treatment.”
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