With the 4th of July landing on Wednesday this year you can expect to see and hear firework celebrations all week long. A Wittenberg fireworks shop owner says important to keep safety a priority no matter which day you decide to celebrate the fourth.
Owner Jerry Bamke, from Fireworks County says, “The big thing we try telling people is that is try and have a pail of water handy. Plus, you should always wear shoes. It’s also a good idea to wear safety glasses because you do have a lot of garbage flying around.
The American Pyrotechnics Association also reminds those using fireworks to take these lifesaving precautions.
LIGHT ONE AT A TIME
Never light two or more fireworks or sparklers at the same time.
KEEP IT OUTSIDE
Only use fireworks and sparklers outdoors on flat, hard surfaces in clear areas and away from houses, buildings and dry grass.
HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION
Never allow young children to light or handle fireworks or sparklers. Be aware of the minimum permitted age in your state. Adults should always be present when lighting or handling fireworks or sparklers.
Never mix alcohol or other substances with fireworks or sparklers.
Never hold a lit firework in your hand. Keep as far from them as possible when lighting.
LET SLEEPING FIREWORKS LIE
Never try to relight fireworks or sparklers that do not ignite. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before approaching them, then soak them with water and throw them away.
PROTECT YOUR PETS
Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.
In Wisconsin, most municipalities have different rules and regulations for setting off fireworks. If you’re not sure of your town’s rules it’s best to check your village or city clerk.
Click here to view a list of celebrations in central Wisconsin.
Click here to view Fireworks Law Advisory from the Department of Justice.