Experts Urge People to Stay Safe While Enjoying Fireworks
Fireworks Start Around 20,000 Fires Per Year in U.S.
SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Independence Day is around the corner, and many people are looking forward to celebrating with fireworks, but experts say it’s important to keep safety in mind.
Fireworks start around 20,000 fires per year. And though permits are required for aerial fireworks in both Duluth and Superior, 33 percent of all firework injuries are caused by sparklers that are readily available. Experts advise people to stay safe by being careful where you light the fireworks, and having water nearby.
“If you have a dud that doesn’t go off, wait at least 20 minutes and then take the dud and throw it in a bucket of water, until it’s basically rendered inert,” said Erik Sutton, Battalion Chief of the Superior Fire Department.
In 2015, almost 12,000 people were taken to the emergency rooms with firework related injuries