Staying safe around fireworks this Fourth of July

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 20:23:31-04

Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says everyone should leave the fireworks up to the professionals.

According to Safe Kids Data every year more than 3,000 children go to the ER because of firework-related injuries. Not to mention that fireworks injuries are growing. 

In 2012 50 percent of fireworks-related injuries had to be admitted to the to the hospital versus 29 percent of injuries back in 2006.

Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator Lisa Klindt Simpson says there are no safe fireworks. If an expert didn't light the colorful explosive firework, no one is safe.

"Even if you're not actively participating, the risk of injury is so high that one-fourth of the bystanders are being injured," said Klindt Simpson. 

Sparklers and bottle rockets are traditional favorites thought to be safe for kids. But safe kids data finds sparklers burn at nearly 1,200 degrees and bottle rockets cause half of all firework eye injuries and permanent blindness. 

Klindt Simpson says a safe alternative to sparklers is glow sticks.