Celebrate Safely on the Fourth of July and All Year Long
Safety is a top priority of the City of Naperville, and it is important for residents to be reminded of the risks associated with the use of fireworks not connected with public exhibitions.
Below are some statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the injuries associated with improper fireworks usage as well as the frequency of these injuries around the Independence Day holiday:
- An estimated 8,700 consumers were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in 2012.
- Sixty percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July.
- More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face.
- About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.
- Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt gold, and therefore cause severe skin burns or accidentally ignite clothing. They cause half of the injuries to children younger than age five and 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries overall.
In the City of Naperville, it is illegal to sell, store, possess, discharge or set off any fireworks. For more information on different firework classifications and State of Illinois law, visit http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/documents/APPROVED%20AND%20PROHIBITED%20FIREWORKS%20-%20Revised%2005-22-2013.pdf.
Naperville Police will confiscate fireworks and may issue citations to anyone found to be in possession of fireworks. Attending public fireworks displays put on by professionals is the best approach to celebrate Independence Day and the summer season safely.
Below are some fireworks safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for consumers who decide to purchase legal fireworks and utilize them:
- Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.
- Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
[video courtesy of NCTV Channel 17 via their YouTube Channel]
More information about fire safety, including tip sheets, is available at www.naperville.il.us/nfdtipsheets.aspx.