Summer is here and soon we will be celebrating the Fourth of July.  In addition to   cookouts, trips to the beach, family outings and professional firewokks displays, a not-so-safe tradition is the unlawful use of fireworks. Not only is the possion of these items against the law, their use can be very dangerous. Did you know the following?


Fireworks pose a higher risk of fire death than any other consumer product – three times that of cigarettes.                  The fireworks that cause the most injuries are firecrackers, at 26 percent, followed by bottle rockets (21 percent) and sparklers (11 percent).                                                                                                                                                                                                 Almost half of those injured are children under 15.                                                                                                                                        Three-quarters of those injured are males.                                                                                                                                                   Bystanders are hurt more than the people igniting the fireworks.                                                                                                       The parts of the body most often injured are hands (32 percent), eyes (28 percent) and the head or face (16 percent). Sparklers get hot enough to melt gold.

SOURCES: National Fire Protection Agency, U.S. Eye Injury Registry, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Enjoy the Fourth of July - leave the firewroks to the Professionals!