June 27, 2012
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 7,000 people each year are treated in hospitals for a range of injuries caused by fireworks. More than half of those injured were children. The body parts suffering most injuries: hands, fingers, and eyes.
Adding to personal injury, fireworks are often the cause of home and vehicle fires.
In Illinois, it is illegal to possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or use or explode consumer fireworks. ‘Novelty items’ such as snappers and party poppers, and sparklers are exempt from the law, however, municipalities may prohibit the sale and use of sparklers on public property within their jurisdiction. 2010 Illinois statistics show that 196 people were injured by fireworks, so it’s important to discourage your friends and family members from using them. Leave the fireworks to the experts, and enjoy one of the many professional displays taking place in our communities.