The 4th of July holiday fast approaches and the Countryside Fire Protection District wants to remind everyone to celebrate safely. Not only are fireworks for consumers illegal to possess or use in the state of Illinois, they are extremely dangerous. Fireworks injure and maim over 10,000 people every year and start countless fires that damage property.
The term “fireworks” includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, M-80’s, etc. Sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs and any device that is ignited are also prohibited in the Countryside Fire District. Sky lanterns are also illegal in Illinois; and they are dangerous. A sky lantern is a paper bag suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle. The heated air from the flame causes it to become weightless and rise into the air, to be carried off by the wind. They can land anywhere and start a building or brush on fire.
Awareness is our best measure to keep people from being injured and preventing fires according to the Countryside Fire Protection District. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view a public display conducted by trained professionals.
Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Center to get tips, a fireworks injuries infographic and posters to share with our community to help them celebrate safely.[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ8T0gvgfik” border=”1″]
You can enjoy the fourth of July and fireworks with just a few simple safety tips. Proceed with caution!
- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
- After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
Click here for a printable CFPD Fireworks & Safe Summer Celebration Brochure. As always, thanks for helping us spread the word about fireworks safety in our community.
Additional Resource: NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014