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Number of firework related injuries increases around the 4th of JulySubmitted: 07/02/2015
RHINELANDER - The number of firework related injuries increases in the 30 days surrounding the fourth of July.

A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 200 people nationwide go to emergency rooms every day with these injuries around this time.


To prevent injuries, it's important to follow guidelines set up by the state of Wisconsin.

You need a permit to set-off firecrackers, roman candles and bottle rockets. You do not need a permit for things like sparklers.

"Fireworks are dangerous. Anything that goes boom or goes up in the air is illegal. Obviously, if you are a child, there should be supervision. Alcohol and fireworks don't mix," said Luke Drummond with the Rhinelander Fire Department.

More than 50% of injuries are burns.

It's important to make sure you have water nearby.

When lighting fireworks, stay away from your house, brush piles, and cars.

"Fireworks do burn skin. If you get too close to them and try to touch them you will get burned. You could lose parts of your hand. If you keep it too close to your house or building, it can start a house fire," said Drummond.


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Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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