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This Fourth of July, the Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents about the potential for serious injury associated with firework use.
In 2015 in Illinois, there were 149 persons injured by fireworks. Between June 23 and July 20, 2015, nearly one third of the hospitals in Illinois treated patients with injuries related to fireworks. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year, to users and bystanders alike. 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 non-professional users.
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, however 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.