FireworksFIREWORKS (4th of July Novelties)
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s goal is to keep fireworks out of the hands of children and to reduce the number of fireworks related injuries and fires.
In Illinois, the term fireworks is defined to mean and include any explosive compound or any substance or combination of sub stances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect of temporary nature by explosion, combustion, or detonation.
The term "fireworks" does not include snake or glow worm pellets, smoke devices, sparklers, trick noisemakers (known as party poppers, snappers, cigarette loads), toy guns (cap pistols), or other devices in which paper or plastic caps are used. These devices are often referred to as novelty fireworks (novelties).
CHILDREN HAVE A LOT TO LOSE
Young people suffer the great majority of fireworks injuries, which typically harm the eyes, head, or hands. These injuries can result in blindness, permanent scarring, and amputation.
Teach children at an early age that fireworks are explosive devices, they are not toys. Be sure children understand it is too risky to touch or pick up fireworks and teach them to tell an adult if they find fireworks.
Sparklers cause hundreds of injuries to children every year. They are designed to burn hot, and can reach temperatures as high as 1800° F. Sparklers stay hot long after they've burned out. You wouldn't hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave around and play with, so why would you give a child a sparkler to hold?
Data from the United States Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than users themselves.
COMMON SENSE FIREWORKS (NOVELTIES) SAFETY TIPS
- Fireworks/novelties should always be used with adult supervision.
- Head and follow all directions before using fireworks.
- Always keep water and sand nearby when using fireworks/novelties.
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- Never try to make your own fireworks/novelties.
- Never relight fireworks/novelties that appear to have gone out.
- Only light one firework/novelty at a time.
- Never allow small children to go near fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool dry place.
- Sparklers should be immersed in sand or water once they appear to be out — they are still very hot and can burn you.
- Never point or throw fireworks/novelties at others.
- Never use items such as M-80s, M-100s, and blockbusters. They are illegal explosives and they are unpredictable.
- Leave the use of fireworks to trained professionals at public displays. Sit back and enjoy the show.