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When setting off fireworks, health officials warn safety first

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- With July 4th just one day away the firework frenzy is in full swing.

Justin Hoerning said, “We’re going to be lighting off fireworks in our backyard.”

Like most Americans, Hoerning will be celebrating with family and fireworks. 

When little kids are around he knows safety comes before fun.

“Just make sure everyone is at a safe distance," he said.

The aisles at Uncle Sam’s Fireworks in Ashwaubenon were booming with customers Thursday. 

Managers want to ensure customers are setting off their fireworks safely. 

Uncle Sam’s Fireworks Manager, Daniel Peters, said “You never put your head over it.  You try to light if from a distance.  I always recommend a wand lighter or something to keep your hands as far back from the fuse as possible. Always have a bucket of water nearby.  And never try and reignite something that went out.”

At Aurora BayCare Medical Center they’ll treat between 10-15 patients for burns on any given Fourth of July.

Resident Nurse, Dawn Brester, said “The number one rule we recommend is not to light anything that you’re holding onto.  Secondly, to keep your eyes protected and to keep small children away.  And then to limit alcohol in moderation around fireworks.”

She said if you have a burn with severe redness or looks like its infected, it's important to get medical help.

 

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