Safe Fireworks Are A Blast
Wisconsin state health officials are encouraging people to enjoy fireworks in a safe and responsible manner.
"Fireworks are fun, but they can be very dangerous if used incorrectly," said Dr. Sheri Johnson, State Health Officer. "Firecrackers, rockets and sparklers cause most fireworks injuries, so we ask that people be extremely careful when using them. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals."
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, children are more likely to be injured by fireworks and about half of the victims are under 15 years of age. Sparklers are especially dangerous to very young children, as they cause the most fireworks-related injuries for children under six. If older children are allowed to play with fireworks, they should be closely supervised because children are 11 times more likely to be injured by fireworks when they are unsupervised.
The Commission says that the majority of injuries from fireworks are not caused by large, illegally purchased fireworks. Rather, most injuries occur when someone mishandles small, legal fireworks. Injuries may result from being too close when fireworks explode. Injuries from fireworks most often affect the hands and fingers, eyes, and head and face.
All fireworks should be used with extreme caution. Here are some important safety tips to help keep everyone safe during fireworks displays: