4th of July firework safety

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - With the Fourth of July weekend upon us many people will be shooting off fireworks and playing with sparklers.

Each year, the staff at Gundersen Health System sees several burns and eye injuries from fireworks, most caused by sparklers. That's why they want to remind people to be safe while using sparklers and lighting off fireworks this weekend.

Amanda Sebal, wellness education assistant for Gundersen, said to always use caution when playing with fireworks.

"Light the firework and get away  make sure others are also standing several feet away. It is also important to wear protective eyewear. So safety glasses to protect your eyes from injury and never re light a dud,” Sebal said.

Gundersen also wants to remind parents to supervise their children when they are playing with sparklers and are around fireworks, and always have a supply of water nearby.

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