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Local fire officials weigh in on fire work safety

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MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

Celebrating America's Independence Day calls for  barbeques, picnics and of course fire works, yet every year there seems to be fire works related injuries. 

"Burn injuries is probably the most common thing that we see," said Fire Marshall David Desantis of the Wausau Fire Department. 

Desantis said he sees injures related to backyard fire works too frequently.

"They are buying fire works that really aren't legal to use in a residential setting," Desantis said. "In other words if they leave the ground or explode they are not legal in the state of Wisconsin."

However, sparklers are legal and they seem to be the most common thing used for 4th of July celebrations. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association the temperatures of sparklers can go up to 1200 degrees which is enough to cause third degree burns.

One fire works store owner tells News 9 that she always tells her costumers to be cautious when handling fire works. 

"Safety is a big concern so we always preach it to our costumers when they come in," said Jaclyn Cacilhas the owner of Old Glory Fire Works in Merrill.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were 102 emergency room visits in 2017 caused by fire work injuries, 

Desantis advises everyone to always keep a bucket of water around when handling fire works and children should always stay at least 70 feet away from any fire works. 

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