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As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Lombard Fire Department would like to remind residents of safety tips and Illinois laws related to fireworks, and to warn of the risk of injury associated with firework use.
Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year, to users and bystanders alike. Last year in Illinois, there were 96 emergency room treated fireworks injuries, the majority resulting in 1st and 2nd degree burns and lacerations, with 14% of those injured requiring hospitalization. The Lombard Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks are not toys, but devices designed to reach high temperatures, burn, spark, explode and launch. They are unpredictable by nature and dangerous for nonprofessional users.
Well-known types of fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, are not allowed in Illinois under state regulations. Discharging of these fireworks is not only dangerous, but also a violation of state law and Village ordinances. Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers, and party-poppers are not regulated by the state. While legal, sparklers present a serious danger because of the high temperature of the wire during and after its use. Sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain extremely hot long after the sparks have stopped. Many children are injured each year by sparklers and children playing with novelty fireworks must be closely supervised by adults to prevent injury.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to safely enjoy this Fourth of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if using novelty fireworks, be sure to follow these important safety tips:• Never allow young children to handle fireworks.• Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.• Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.• Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting.• Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used.• Never ignite devices in a container.• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
Anyone with questions about fireworks safety or regulations in the Village of Lombard can contact Fire Marshal Chuck Riforgiate at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 873-4576.