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Drought Sparks Concerns Over Firework Safety

July 02, 2012

Summer in Chicagoland hasn’t just been hot, it has been dry too. The extremely dry conditions have not just turned the lawns of our Chicago real estate brown, it also puts those lawns, along with some of the Chicago real estate, at risk of catching on fire from stray embers off fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

The weather conditions are a big concern for communities planning fireworks displays for the Fourth of July.

Many of those Chicagoland communities are watering vigorously to get the ground well saturated to lower the risk of fire.

But even small fireworks, cookouts and bonfires could pose a threat as the dry conditions can spread flames quickly.

A spark off a simple sparkler could set off a fire on a dry patch of grass. Sparklers, which burns at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, also stay hot long after the sparks have stopped.

Fireworks are not allowed in Illinois by law. Residents lighting any kind of firework at their homes could see a catastrophic end to their holiday celebration.

Be cautious with anything that could spark a fire. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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