How to Use Fireworks Safely

By KBJR News 1

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- In 2012 close to 9,000 firework related injuries were treated in emergency rooms.

Any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is generally against the law to possess, sell, or purchase.

Steve Edwards, Fire Chief for the Superior City Fire Department says children's use of legal fireworks should be limited and adult supervision should be required.

"Almost fifty percent of firework related injuries are to children under the age of twelve," says Chief Edwards.

Chief Edwards says that around the fourth of July the fire department generally sees are a lot of burn injuries to hands.

Although some parents consider sparklers to be 'safe-fireworks' they are actually the leading cause of firework related injuries.

"Look how short them handles are, and you got little three and four year old and five year old kids... that's just it they don't know where to grab, ya know, they'll grab where it's hot," says Lisa Glaus, Superior resident.

Some of the more serious injuries, such as explosions with injuries to the face and head area, are most often due to the use of fireworks that are not permitted.

"Kids always got to be watched around fireworks. They usually run around with the sparklers and that's an opportunity for somebody to get burnt," says Patrick Quinn, co-owner of VP WIld Rice Company.

Adults who are lighting fireworks should always purchase them from reliable sellers, wear eye protection, and should keep all body parts as far away as possible from the area of ignition.

"Just be paying attention. Don't drink," says Quinn.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, following the manufacturer's directions on legally purchased fireworks is necessary to properly protect yourself, your family, and friends.

Elsa Robins