|Stay Safe This Fourth of July with Firework Safety Tips from the New Lenox Fire Protection District|
|By New Lenox Fire Protection District|
|June 29, 2018|
Summertime is here and the Fourth of July is less than a week away. Block parties, summer cook-outs and other outdoor fun is on tap for the upcoming holiday. However, more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year in the United States. Nearly half of those fires are caused by fireworks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year around 10,500 Americans are injured by fireworks. The majority of the injuries (67%) occur between June 22 and July 22. Most of the injuries involve the hands and fingers (31%), 14% involve the eyes, another 22% involve the head/face/ears, and almost 54% of the wounds are burns.
Many people believe that items like sparklers and bottle rockets are safe, but in reality these, along with other Class C fireworks, Roman candles, and fountains, can account for two-thirds of fireworks injuries. These are illegal in many states. Illegal fireworks account for about 29% of fireworks injuries. Currently, the state of Illinois only allows sparklers and other novelties fireworks.
“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display that is put on by trained professionals,” said New Lenox Fire Protection District’s Fire Chief Adam Riegel. “New Lenox puts on a great show every year for residents and those passing through town. There are also many other area towns that provide the same thing throughout the weekend.”
There are several things to consider to help make sure you and your family and friends can enjoy the holiday and fireworks: