VIDEO - Cairns urges students to celebrate safely during the Final Four

Dr. Bruce Cairns is Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center



Dr. Cairns also wrote an op-ed in today's Daily Tar Heel:

Count me among those eagerly anticipating two Tar Heel Final Four victories. The success that Coach Williams and our outstanding student-athletes have enjoyed this season shows why Carolina is such a wonderful place.

After victories of this magnitude, it’s only natural to head to Franklin Street to celebrate with friends, family and other fans. As we celebrate, however, remember that there are some things that we really shouldn’t do because it’s just not safe.

As a medical professional who cares for patients who have suffered burns, I’m appealing to everyone to refrain from setting and jumping through bonfires on Franklin Street. In just a few seconds, the injury suffered in one of these seemingly innocent bonfires can change a life forever and turn what was a happy moment into tragedy. It’s already happened. In a two-year period, my colleagues and I at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care saw 11 burn injuries reported after UNC basketball victory celebrations.

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