Illinois Office of The State Fire Marshal reminds residents to leave
fireworks to the professionals
In U.S., firework incidents leave
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[July 03, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – As communities across
Illinois are preparing for Fourth of July holiday celebrations, the
Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding
residents that the best way to have a safe holiday weekend is to let
trained professionals handle fireworks. The public is urged to
attend public firework displays and avoid using consumer fireworks.
“Every year around the Fourth of July, we see people, sometimes
small children, suffer terrible injuries due to fireworks,” said
Larry Matkaitis, State Fire Marshal. “There is no such thing as a
safe firework. It’s not worth taking the risk of using illegal or
consumer fireworks that could ruin the life of you and your loved
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in
2011 fireworks caused 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital
emergency rooms. Sparklers, fountains and novelty fireworks alone
accounted for 34 percent of those injuries. During the same year,
fire departments responded to 17,800 fires caused by fireworks.
In Illinois last year, 76 emergency incidents were linked to the use
of fireworks. Residents are reminded that under the Illinois
Fireworks Act (425ILCS 35/1), it is illegal to possess, purchase or
use consumer fireworks without a consumer display permit obtained
from local authorities. Since 2013, sky lanterns were also included
in the list of illegal fireworks in Illinois.
Individuals caught with controlled consumer fireworks without the
necessary display permit could be subject to arrest.
According to NFPA, most of the injuries involving fireworks are
children between 5 and 14 years old. Consumer fireworks also carry a
high risk of accidents and serious injuries.
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Firecrackers and sparklers, which are considered to be
harmless, can burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees
Fahrenheit. Fireworks use can endanger users, bystanders, and
surrounding properties and structures.
The OSFM and NFPA are opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This
includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot
enough to cause third-degree burns.
For more information about fireworks safety please visit the
OSFM website at
[Text received; ILLINOIS OFFICE OF
THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL]