Firework Safety

The Fourth of July brings a boom in the sale of fireworks, but consumers beware, though fun, they can result in serious harm if used improperly.

“It’s a good time for families to get together and have some fun. A lot of people have probably seen these sky lanterns, or shooting star lanterns or sky luminaries. We just want to remind everybody that here in Illinois it is now illegal to buy, sell, or use these sky lanterns,”

Dina also warns families to be cautious of consumer fireworks. General items like rockets, firecrackers, and sparklers account for more than 80-percent of firework-related emergency room visits.

“A common myth is that sparklers are safe because they’re small, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sparklers are very dangerous and as an example, cakes bake at 350-degrees, glass melts at 900-degrees, aluminum melts at 1,200-degrees, and sparklers top the list at 1,800-degrees. So these are very dangerous to give to your children,” said Dina.

On the Fourth, the number of reported fires is double that of any other day of the year. The sure fire way to stay safe is by leaving the fireworks to the trained professionals.

The citywide fireworks presented by the Exchange Club’s Ribfest will be held in Knoch Park on July 4 at 9:30 p.m.


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