Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of the Fourth of July. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain and damage. On average, 230 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Not to mention countless number of fires started by fireworks, causing structural and vehicle damage. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend, The National Council on Fireworks Safety encourages consumers to review all safety tips before puchasing and using fireworks.
First and foremost, know and obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. In many cities, including Joliet, fireworks are illegal.
* know your fireworks; read labels and warnings
* an adult should supervise all fireworks activities
* wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
* use fireworks in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles
* never relight a "dud" firework; wait 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before discarding
*always have a water source nearby
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. Our communities have several opportunities to view professional fireworks displays. What better way to celebrate but to sit back and enjoy the show!
Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy the long weekend and be safe!