As the Fourth of July celebrations approach, the Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents about the risk of serious injury associated with fireworks use.
According to a report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there was a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from firework-related incidents in 2020, compared to 2019. In 2020, at least 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents, compared to 12 reported for the previous year; and about 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries, compared to 10,000 in 2019.
Additionally, residents are reminded that the discharging of fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are not allowed in Illinois under state regulations, and are a violation of state law and Village ordinances. Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers, and party-poppers are not regulated by the state.
The safest way to enjoy this Fourth of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals, according to the National Safety Council. However, if using novelty fireworks, please 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.
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- 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 may contact Fire Marshal Perry Johnson at (630) 873-4576.