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Fireworks safety tips: Keeping the show happy

Like many families, your Fourth of July celebration may include a backyard fireworks show in the name of good old-fashioned family fun. If you choose to light your own fireworks, remember to follow simple fireworks safety tips to keep your family’s “oohs” and “aahs” from turning into cries for help caused by fireworks injuries.

protective gloves and goggles next to fireworks to show safety tips
Following simple fireworks safety tips can keep your family’s “oohs” and “aahs” from turning into cries for help caused by fireworks injuries.

Know the risks of lighting fireworks

“Fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable,” Marshfield Clinic Health System pediatrician Dr. Jeff Clark said. “They sent approximately 15,600 people to emergency departments around the country in 2020.”

Most people injured by fireworks have wounds to their hands, head or eyes, he said.

Prepare for a safe celebration

Plan ahead for safety before you light fireworks to reduce your risk of injury.

Responsible adults should be the only ones lighting fireworks, Clark said. Wear protective gear; be aware of people, pets and objects around you; handle fireworks carefully; and be prepared in case of an emergency.

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Clark adds that per WI Law, a local permit is required to use firecrackers or any explosive that leaves the ground.

The easiest way to play it safe is to leave the booms and bangs to the professionals. Head to your community’s Fourth of July display with lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and glow sticks.

Important tips for fireworks safety

Click on the targets in the image below for important tips for keeping your Fourth of July safe and click on the following CPSC report for the latest data on fireworks injuries.

For immediate care, visit Marshfield Clinic Health System.

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3 responses to “Fireworks safety tips: Keeping the show happy”

  1. Mary E. Weis


  2. Mary Seitz

    Are you aware that according to WI Statute 167.10, possessing or using anything other than small sparklers, smoke bombs and other on the ground novelties, in Wisconsin without a valid permit is illegal? Search WI Department of justice Fireworks Law for specifics.

    1. Jake Miller

      Hi, Mary, Thanks for the note. Did you have a chance to click on the interactive graphic included with the post? One of the 'buttons' pulls up information regarding Wisconsin law and what is allowed without a permit.

      Thanks again,

      Jake, Shine365 editor

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