Firework Safety

Firework Safety

The Park Ridge Fire Department urges residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this holiday season. Each year, accidental fires, burn injuries, loss of limbs, and fatalities result from the use of fireworks. In Illinois, it is illegal to buy or possess fireworks without a permit.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks started an estimated 12,264 fires in 2021, including 2,082 structure fires, 316 vehicle fires, and 9,866 outside and other fires. These fires caused 29 civilian injuries and $59 million in direct property damage. These fires are not only caused by commercial/consumer fireworks, but also by unregulated novelty fireworks that are sometimes available at stores in Illinois.

Novelties such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers can be dangerous. Sparklers account for the greatest number of fireworks injuries, and often to the youngest victims. Sparklers burn in excess of 1200 degrees – hot enough to melt many metals and hot enough turn steel glowing red.  An instantaneous touch can cause a serious burn injury.

Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing colors of fireworks, but they can be terrifying, overwhelming⁠ and hazardous for both wild and domestic animals. On the Fourth of July, many animals become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost. They may even suffer injuries while lost or a medical emergency due to the stress of the sounds of fireworks. Please keep this in mind to help keep your furry family members safe and calm during the Independence Day holiday period.

“We encourage everyone to enjoy fireworks safely by attending our professional display on July 3 at dusk, held on the grounds of Maine East High School."  - Chief Sorensen, Park Ridge Fire Department. 

Visit the Park Ridge Park District website for more information on the July 3 Fireworks Celebration! 

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