Fire Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Live music and entertainment, food and beverages and firework shows are the highlights of July 4th celebrations. This year, Green Bay and many of the surrounding cities in Wisconsin will have live fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day. Besides attending a live firework show, many states do allow the use of consumer fireworks depending on where you live. The National Safety Council (NSC) advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals but if you choose to use legal fireworks, please use these important safety tips to help prevent injuries and to keep everyone safe:

1. Never Allow Young Children to Handle Fireworks

2. Older Children Should Use Fireworks Under Close Adult Supervision

3. Never Use Fireworks While Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol

4. Anyone Using Fireworks or Standing Nearby Should Wear Protective Eyewear

5. Never Hold Lighted Fireworks in Your Hands

6. Never Light Fireworks Indoors

7. Only Use Fireworks Away from People, House, and Flammable Materials

8. Never Point or Throw Fireworks at Another Person

9. Only Light One Device at a Time and Maintain a Safe Distance After Lighting

10. Never Ignite Devices in a Container

11. Do Not Try to Re-Light or Handle Malfunctioning Fireworks

12. Soak Both Spent and Unused Fireworks in Water For a Few Hours Before Discarding

13. Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby to Fully Extinguish Fireworks That Do Not Go Off or In Case of Fire

14. Never Use Illegal Fireworks

** Alternatives to Sparklers for Young Children: Glow Sticks, Confetti Papers, or Colored Streamers would be a great alternative to sparklers, which accounted for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Firework Celebrations: Visit links below to see firework events/shows near you.

https://festivalfoodsfireworks.com/ https://waukesha-wi.gov/695/4th-of-July-Activities https://www.lakesherwoodlodge.com/events https://www.sturgeonbay.net/events/special-events/sturgeon-bay-celebrates-1 https://www.wpr.org/4th-july-crivitz-2021

Sources: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks