By: Vogel Bros. Safety Department

July 4th is our Independence Day, and that means cookouts, parades, flags and fireworks. While there’s plenty to celebrate, unfortunately, the thrill and excitement of fireworks can also bring pain and injury.

Vogel Bros. encourages you to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals, especially since under Florida and Wisconsin law, it is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks (such as shells, mortars, Roman candles, rockets, and firecrackers) without a permit. Just because you see it in a store or a roadside stand, doesn’t mean it is legal to purchase, possess or use. Please check your state firework laws for information about what is legal for consumers.

While both Wisconsin and Florida do permit the use of some types of fireworks: just because they are legal, doesn’t mean they are safe. Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and bodily injury, in addition to causing an average of 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 17,000 other fires each year.

The National Safety Council is a good resource to learn more about the types of fireworks. It also reminds you of some important safety tips if you choose to use legal fireworks. But we recommend you grab a blanket, your friends and family, and a patch of grass so you can relax and let the experts give you a good show. Here are a couple of links to public firework displays so you stay safe this Independence Day: