As Independence Day approaches and the nation prepares to celebrate 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.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were approximately 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July. 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, such as sparklers. Remember, sparklers might seem like a safer alternative; however, they can heat up to 1,200˚F. Do not allow children to use them without adult supervision.
- Generally, 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.
- Use all fireworks outside, away from homes, people, trees, dry grass or any other flammable substances.
- When handling fireworks always have a bucket of water and 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.
Residents can visit the City of Champaign Municipal Code of Ordinances, specifically Chapter 13, Article II, for a more detailed definition of fireworks and what is allowed and prohibited.
Visit online Champaign County Freedom Celebration, www.july4th.net, for information on local firework events and activities.
Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | Phone: (217) 403-7200