Fireworks are not toys, but devices designed to reach high temperatures, burn, spark, explode and launch. They are unpredictable by nature and dangerous for non-professional users. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2018, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The discharging of fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, are not allowed in Illinois under state regulations, and is a violation of state law and Village ordinances. Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers, and party-poppers are not regulated by the state.
Sparklers are legal but they are extremely dangerous. Common sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain extremely hot long after the sparks have ceased. 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.
Swimming Safety Reminders
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, residents may opt to purchase a pool this summer. The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents that drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years old in the U.S., and is sharing safety reminders from the American Red Cross:
- Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
- Designate a water watcher…and stay in arm’s reach of young children.
- Install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment.
- If a child is missing, check the water first.
Heat Safety and Reminders
In anticipation of hot summer weather, heat safety tips from Ready.gov/heat can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Never leave a child, adult or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
- Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
- If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
- Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as it could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
- Avoid high-energy activities.
- Check yourself, family members and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.
Severe Storm Safety
It’s important to prepare for extreme weather before it happens. Take a few moments now to prepare for thunderstorms and severe storms with these tips from ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.
- Create an emergency kit including flash lights and batteries, and discuss your emergency plan with your family.
- Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
- Consider purchasing surge protectors to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.
- When thunder roars, go indoors!
- Follow weather reports from credible sources including www.nws.noaa.gov.
For more information on seasonal safety visit www.villageoflombard.org/summer.