As Fourth of July Draws Near, Fireworks Safety Becomes Important

Jackalyn Arsenau has been in the fireworks business for over 10 years.

"It's a family owned business," she said. "So we all work the stand, we are all licensed pyrotechnicians."

And she knows a thing or two about fireworks safety. Something that some in Wisconsin don't practice. As the Fourth of July draws near, many people will use fireworks to celebrate the occasion. But it's important to make sure that celebrations with fireworks are done responsibly.

"Just practice safely, do not mix alcohol, have a designated lighter if you're getting together for a family function," Arsenau said. "Make sure that you have a designated person or somebody that is licensed to light your fireworks."

Some fireworks are legal to purchase without a permit in Wisconsin. Others, such as firecrackers, roman candles and bottle rockets require a permit to purchase and use. In addition, local municipalities may be more restrictive with fireworks laws. The Village of Weston is an example.

"We try to encourage people to get permits for fireworks just for safety reasons, and the amount of injuries we have year to year," Everest Metro Police Officer David Sabel says. "That way we can ensure that the people who are using them are using them safely."

Sabel said that officers use discretion when enforcing fireworks laws, depending on the area and the complainant. Fines can range over one hundred dollars.

So if your Fourth of July plans involve using your own fireworks, remember to have fun, but have fun safely.

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