Play it Safe in Your Neighborhood This Fourth of July

July 04, 2010

For the most part, fireworks are illegal in Illinois and dangerous no matter where you live, yet every Fourth of July holiday you can hear them popping throughout your neighborhood.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were almost 9,000 emergency-room visits for fireworks-related injuries last year alone. Most of those injuries happened to children and many of those children lost a limb in the incident.

Fireworks reach temperatures of more than 1200 degrees, and sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. Keep them out of the hands of children.

There are fireworks shows all over the Chicago area all throughout the weekend. If you still feel the need to play with fire, at least take these steps:

*Only purchase what is legal in our state.

*Never allow children to ignite or play with fireworks. (Have I mentioned this one yet?)

*Never have any portion of your body over a firework when lighting the fuse.

*Don’t pick up or re-light a firework that didn’t fully work.

*Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of fire or other issue.

*After fireworks have gone out, douse with plenty of water before throwing in the trash.

And, if you see someone with an illegal firework, feel free to speak up.

“ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is committed to protecting the public by finding and stopping those who endanger our communities by illegally making and selling explosives devices,” said ATF Assistant Director Arthur Herbert. “If you become aware of an illegal manufacturing operation, or see someone selling devices or fireworks illegally, report it immediately to your local law enforcement or to ATF at (888) 283-2662.”

Please, have a safe Fourth of July.

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