- Understand Wisconsin’s Fireworks Laws and Learn creative ways to celebrate without Fireworks -

Milwaukee, WI (June 25, 2015) – The Fourth of July epitomizes the spirit of summer and pride in our country, with cookouts, parties, fireworks, and more! Unfortunately, the use of fireworks and sparklers also make this holiday dangerous. In 2013, injuries from fireworks accounted for 11,400 visits to emergency rooms, according to the latest data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).   
The data also showed that 16 percent, or 1,200, of fireworks-related injuries were to the eyes. Burns were the most common injury to all parts of the body, except the eyes, where contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes occurred more frequently.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin encourages all families to celebrate safely and be creative when planning fun activities for this summer’s Fourth of July festivities.
Consider these fun, alternative ways to celebrate:

  • Attend a public fireworks display!  Professional displays have bigger, brighter, and more beautiful fireworks and are less dangerous. To find fireworks displays in your community, visit: http://fireworksinwisconsin.com/by-date/.
  • Create noisemakers (e.g. popping bags or balloons) or stock up with clapping hand toys, party poppers, and silly string!
  • Wave glow sticks and/or flashlights wrapped with colored cellophane or throw glow-in-the-dark beach balls to light up the night safely.

“Prevent Blindness Wisconsin wants children to be safe this 4th of July and all summer long,” said Barbara Armstrong, Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, “so we ask parents to help children find safe and fun activities to celebrate the holiday.”
Fireworks laws vary from state to state, and sometimes vary between counties. In Wisconsin, Statute 167.10 limits the use of most fireworks unless the user has a permit, but it is important to note that further restrictions and enforcement fall to local authorities. To learn more about firework regulations in Wisconsin, please read Wisconsin Statue 167.10 or the Wisconsin Fireworks Law 2014 Memorandum for a more concise version.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin encourages children, families and communities to play it safe this summer! For more information on the dangers of fireworks, please call Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at (414) 765-0505 or visit preventblindness.org/prevent-eye-injuries-fireworks.