Have a Happy – and Safe – 4th of July
Wisconsin law allows the sale, possession and use, without a permit, of sparklers not exceeding 36 inches in length, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than ¼ grain of explosive mixture, and novelty devices that spin or move on the ground. The sale and use of these items without either a permit or age restriction does not mean they are safe. Sparklers, for example, burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. That is hot enough to melt some metals.
To help keep youth safe when these readily available fireworks are in use, we suggest the following:
- Always have a responsible adult supervise all use of fireworks.
- Do not let young children light fireworks. They should be lit by a supervising adult or older child and that should be done on a flat surface away from burnable materials. The person lighting fireworks should wear protective eyewear and be sure all others are a safe distance away before igniting any fireworks.
- Do not re-light or pick up fireworks that don’t properly ignite (duds).
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Never point or throw fireworks at any person or animal.
- Keep water handy. Fireworks should be disposed of by properly soaking them in water and disposing of them in a trashcan.
Lastly, check to make sure fireworks are legal in the area you are in. Some municipalities have laws that are more restrictive than Wisconsin law.