Illinois recognizes June as National Fireworks Safety Month
officials urge families to leave fireworks to the professionals
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[June 05, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- With fireworks season
approaching, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds
Illinois residents to remember the deadly dangers posed by
fireworks. June is National Fireworks Safety Month, which was
established to educate children and adults about the dangers of
"Fireworks should never be used as toys or entertainment devices.
They should only be handled by trained professionals," said State
Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. "It is absolutely imperative that
families keep their children safe by obeying Illinois laws. The
concept of safe fireworks is nonexistent; leave them to the
professionals by attending public community firework events."
Pursuant to the Illinois Fireworks Use Act (425 ILCS 35), any
consumer fireworks distributor, company, association, group or
retailer must be registered and licensed with the OSFM. In Illinois,
it is illegal to possess, purchase or use consumer fireworks without
a consumer display permit obtained from local authorities.
Individuals who lack the necessary consumer display permit and are
caught with controlled consumer fireworks in Illinois could be
subject to arrest.
The following are statistics on
hospital emergency room injuries involving fireworks in the United
States in 2010:
percent of injuries by fireworks are received by children under
15 years old.
One-third of eye
injuries from fireworks result in permanent eye damage.
One-fourth of eye
injuries from fireworks result in permanent vision loss or
to hands and fingers represent 30 percent of total injuries.
to the head and face represent 16 percent of total injuries.
burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, are the leading cause of
Sparklers, novelties and fountains
account for 43 percent of injuries.
In 2011, two fatal accidents involving
fireworks were reported in Illinois. One took place in McHenry
County on Jan. 1 and the other in DuPage County on May 30. Both
victims were unlicensed and using illegally obtained
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The following are additional
statistics reported last year in Illinois:
ninety-six citizens were injured by fireworks in Illinois.
suffered first-degree burns.
sustained second-degree burns.
Eighty-nine children between the ages
of 6 and 21 were injured.
According to the National Council of Fireworks Safety, careless
use of fireworks causes nearly 10,000 injuries a year in the United
States; close to 2,000 of those injuries are eye-related and involve
children under age 15.
For more information on fireworks safety, visit
Office of the State Fire
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