Having a blast on Fourth means celebrating safely
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:11AM
With the approach of the Fourth of July there is always the use of fireworks.
Because of that, the Niles Police Department stated in a news release, it is important for your family to make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults, the release stated.
“In 2010, there were three fireworks-related fatalities,” the release stated. “According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission fireworks were linked to hospital emergency department’s visits that treated 8,600 fireworks injuries. Remember, fireworks are illegal in Illinois without a permit.”
Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:
• Sparklers, smoke devices, glowworm pellets and other devices are legal, but dangerous to children.
• Abide by all laws pertaining to fireworks.
• Always read and follow fireworks’ directions.
• Do not use fireworks near dry grass, or near flammable or combustible materials.
• Fireworks are not toys. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Never attempt to re-light or fix fireworks that have not gone off.
• Many fireworks are designed to burn hot or explode.
• Sparklers, which many people regard as harmless, burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit (982 degrees Celsius).
• Keep at a safe distance from fireworks-staging areas.
• Matches are tools and not toys. Children should never play with matches, and should especially never use them to light fireworks.
• For the best-possible fireworks safety, leave these dangerous device to professionals. Attend licensed public fireworks displays.
For details about the state law defining fireworks place the following in your Internet search engine: Fireworks Definitions from 425 ILCS Section 30/2.
If someone sustains an injury from fireworks immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If they have injured their eye do not allow the injured person to rub or touch it, as this may cause even more damage to the injured area. Do not flush the eye out with water or attempt to place ointment on it, either.
If it is a burn, remove any clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.
“Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe,” the release stated. “Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a blast!”