Firework Safety

Food, friends and fireworks, usually all part of the equation for your Fourth of July holiday and summer celebrations. But without proper precautions, your fun could go up in flames.

The Naperville Fire Department reminds us how to be safe, starting with outdoor grilling.

“Making sure that the equipment is clean and in good condition, the propane hose should be free of cracks and leaks because with the gas escaping, once it’s ignited can lead to a bigger fire. We always want to make sure the grill is started out for the season clean, free of grease, and make sure any combustibles are cleared out,” said Scott Scheller, Fire Marshal with the Naperville Fire Department.

Another summer safety concern comes from the use of backyard firework kits.

Though large scale fireworks are illegal for amateur use in Illinois, other smaller devices can still cause harm.

“Things like sparklers and glow worms and those kinds of things, while they are legal in Illinois, we tend to try and stay away from those as well because of all the injuries can cause every year, kids get a hold of a sparkler, those can get up to 1,800 degrees, hotter than some metals that melt at that temperature,” said Sheller.

With either activity, the fire department recommends having some sort of extinguishing device nearby.

Anyone purchasing, or displaying large-scale fireworks without the proper licenses could face jail time and a fine of $10,000.

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