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How to Stay Safe When Using Fireworks

Fireworks are often part of Fourth of July celebrations. However, about 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, eye damage and ruptured eardrums.

Warren Perry, MD, an emergency medicine physician with UNC Hospitals, appeared on WRAL’s “Staying Healthy” segment to discuss fireworks and how to stay safe around them. Tune in before you light that Roman candle.


If you experience a fireworks injury, call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, find one near you. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if the injury is serious or life-threatening.