As Monday is the 4th of July, this weekend will no doubt be filled with lots of celebrations with family and friends. These celebrations will, more often than not, also bring celebrations involving fireworks. The Macomb Police Department would like to remind the public that in Illinois, if it explodes, it’s illegal. Snap Pops, sparklers and things that emit sparks are fine to use but we recommend doing so in a safe manner. Below are some tips from the National Safety Council on the use of fireworks.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.
However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
•Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
•Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
•Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting.
•Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used.
•Never ignite devices in a container.
•Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
•Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
Remember that a simple item such as a sparkler can cause injury. Sparklers burn at a temperature of over 1200 degress. Touching one while it’s lit will cause injury and touching one after it has gone out can still cause severe burns. Be safe and leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.