This Fourth of July, leave fireworks to the professionals. In the hands of amateurs, fireworks can turn a celebration into a tragedy.
It is important to note that, except for novelty fireworks (e.g., sparklers, snakes, noisemakers), fireworks are illegal in Illinois without a permit. Illegal fireworks (e.g., cherry bombs, M-80s) present substantial risks of injury, including blindness, amputations, burns and even death.
The Hoffman Estates Fire Department joins the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Council on Fireworks Safety and others to educate the public on fireworks safety. Here are some practical tips:
- Keep children away from all fireworks.
- As bystanders, stay about a quarter of a mile or more away from a professional display, and leave pets at home.
- Observe all state and local laws.
- If eye injuries do occur, do not touch, rub or press on the injured eye. Seek immediate help from a hospital emergency room or eye-care professional.
Join the Village at the Sears Centre Arena this Independence Day for the region's largest fireworks show on Sunday, July 2, at 9:30 p.m. The display is visible from anywhere on the Northwest Fourth-Fest grounds. (Please note that the date of the 2017 fireworks was stated incorrectly in the Daily Herald as taking place Monday, July 3.)
For more information about the safe use of fireworks, please contact the Hoffman Estates Fire Prevention Bureau at 847-843-4835.