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Fireworks safety: Leave it to the professionals

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 11:52:32-04

The City of Milwaukee is one day away from the Big Fireworks show on Wednesday July 3rd. Most fireworks are illegal across the state and according to a state law a permit is required if the firework is airborne.

Captain Dan Tyk with the North Shore Fire Department said the 4th of July is the busiest day for fire stations across the country. He said it's not always the big explosive fireworks that cause the most problems.

"Believe it or not sparklers are one of the more dangerous fireworks that we see out there related to burns and injuries that emergency rooms see," said Captian Tyk.

Captain Tyk said if you are setting off fireworks to wear tight clothing. The loose clothing can easily set on fire. Tyk also suggested having an emergency plan and keep a hose or a bucket of water close by.

"So that you can put your expelled fireworks in there to make sure they are extinguished," said Tyk.

Kids and other spectators should be a safe distance away from the fireworks, at least 40 to 50 feet.

"If they are anywhere in a 10 -to- 20-foot radius of where those fireworks that are being lit, that groups need to back up,"said Tyk.

The safest way to protect yourself from fireworks is to simply watch the professional shows