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Safety reminders for 4th of July celebrations at home

Safety reminders for 4th of July celebrations at home
Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 16:33:07-04

GREEN BAY, Wis (NBC 26) -- This 4th of July will be different for some with many finding ways to celebrate the birth of our nation at home. Several public firework displays have been canceled due to coronavirus. The Green Bay Fire Department and the Green Bay Police Department have a couple of reminders for families planning to use sparklers to celebrate the holiday.

  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing to prevent it from catching flame.
  • Be sure to hold the sparkler away from your body.
  • Always have sober parental supervision.
  • Adults holding a small child should not use sparklers because the child could grab at the flame.
  • Green Bay Metro Fire also says children under 5-years-old should not use sparkler.

When it comes to fireworks, Green Bay Metro Fire says there have only been two permits issued and those were given to clubs that have hired professionals to operate them. Not having a permit can lead to a fine of up to $1000.

Green Bay Police say they've also received several complaints about fireworks. They want to remind residents to be sure to get a permit and to abide by noise ordinances established in your municipality.

For several more fireworks and safety recommendations for this weekend, head to nfpa.org.