As Independence Day approaches and the nation celebrates this July 4th, the City of Champaign reminds residents and visitors that fireworks can be dangerous and to celebrate safely by leaving the fireworks to the experts.
If your family is planning to celebrate with fireworks in the City of Champaign, make sure they are legal and use them under the supervision of a responsible adult. Generally, if you light a wick or if it either explodes or shoots in the air it is illegal.
Approximately 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries around the July 4th holiday. To help in the prevention of injuries and property damage, ensure your family’s safety with the below tips. Residents are also reminded to maintain a working smoke alarm and to regularly practice a home safety plan in case of fire or other emergency.
- Be sure you are using legal fireworks. Any fireworks that have to be lit by a wick and/or shoots into the air are illegal in the City of Champaign. There is a minimum $205 fine for the use of illegal fireworks.
- Be sure to read all labels and performance directions before lighting any fireworks.
- Use all fireworks outside, away from homes, people, trees, dry grass or any other flammable substances.
- Sparklers might seem like a safer alternative however they can heat up to 3,000˚F. Do not allow children to use them without adult supervision.
- When handling fireworks always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher on standby.
- If injured by a firework, go to a doctor immediately. If it is an eye injury, do not rub the injury, as it may cause more damage.
- The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use them at all. Attend public firework displays and leave the igniting to the professionals.
Visit online Champaign County Freedom Celebration, www.july4th.net for information on local firework events and activities.