Experts Warn About Firework Dangers
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SUAMICO- Families across Northeast Wisconsin are gearing up for the Fourth of July, but store owners are sending out a warning that it's your responsibility to stay safe.
Firework stores had a hard time keeping up with business. They say it's the best time of the year, but they're also reminding people that fireworks can be just as dangerous as they are fun.
Days before the big fireworks show stores hustle to get customers through their doors.
Brock Decker helps run Decker's Uncle Sam Fireworks shop in Suamico with his mom, dad and brother. He says they try to keep people informed about the fireworks in the store with videos showing what each firework does.
"Being able to see how things perform lets people have the knowledge of maybe I should take a step back on this one," said Brock Decker.
He says all fireworks require common sense and caution.
"You should always have water available and when doing anything that is going to go up in the air be sure to have a barricade between your item and your audience," said Decker.
Keeping space between you and the firework is crucial. Depending on what type of firework you're dealing with, you may need to take more precaution. They're are different classes of fireworks. Class B and Class C fireworks. Class B fireworks require a permit and special training.
"They're just bigger and if you have the distance and the training, bigger is better. Class C fireworks are generally shot for your family or your block party," said Deb Decker, the co-owner of Decker's Uncle Sam Fireworks.
Experts say protect your eyes and never underestimate the harmless fireworks, since things like sparklers can burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees or hotter.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, most injuries or deaths related to fireworks come from people using homemade or professional grade fireworks, something store owners say you should never experiment with.