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Officials Urge Caution with Fireworks

04 Jul News

From local law enforcement agencies up to the state Attorney General, officials are reminding residents and visitors here in Wisconsin to play it safe this July 4th holiday weekend.

The Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management is urging caution for anyone handling fireworks. They say the most recent data available from 2011 shows nearly 10,000 fireworks related injuries treated at US emergency rooms.

Large-scale fireworks aren’t the only dangerous type, fountains and sparklers which can burn at more than 1,200 degrees accounted for more than a third of those injuries.

In addition to injuries, property damage can also result from irresponsible firework use. In that same year, nearly 18,000 fires were caused, leading to $32 million in property damage.

The Emergency Management teams do offer tips for those who elect to ignite fireworks.

  • Buy from reliable sellers
  • Wear Eye Protection
  • Use a flat, hard surface
  • Light only 1 at a time
  • Keep a source of water nearby and handy
  • Bring your pets indoors to reduce the stress that fireworks may cause them

The DOT along with law enforcement agencies are calling for safe travels on this busy travel weekend. The DNR wants users to practice safety on area waterways and state lands.