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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fourth of July Reminders

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Village Offices Closed July 3

  • Lombard Village Hall and Offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Offices will reopen Mon., July 6. 
  • Regular Village hours are Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with public access restricted to Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Adjusted public hours are due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For info on which department to contact, visit www.villageoflombard.org/covid19

Firework Safety

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.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Fourth of July Campaign

Lombard Police will participate in stepped-up traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired drivers and unbuckled drivers ahead of this Fourth of July. The safety campaign will run from June 15 through the early-morning hours of July 6, and will include three summer weekends leading up to and after July 4th.

“It’s simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink, use marijuana or other drugs,” said Officer Paula Rojas. “Our officers are working around the clock to keep impaired drivers off the road and enforce all other traffic laws.”

The Lombard Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.

Use these tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday:

  • Designate a sober driver and give them your keys before you go out.
  • Don’t let friends or family members drive under the influence.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It’s not only the law, but also your best defense against an impaired driver.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The enforcement period runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences. VisitLifeOrDeathIllinois.com for more information.

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