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Contact: James Zarek, Deputy Fire Chief


Date: June 27, 2017



Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of
fireworks can also bring pain. 250 people on average go the emergency room every day with
fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. In addition 7 people on
average die each year from fireworks related injuries. The majority of injuries are caused by
sparklers. Sparklers are considered by many to be the safe firework. But, did you know that
an innocent looking sparkler can get as hot as the flame on some blow torches and can easily
ignite clothing?

Fireworks of any kind are dangerous. Please remember this as you celebrate Independence Day.

The City of DeKalb Municipal Code Chapter 52, section 52.91, defines fireworks, both
allowable and prohibited. Some accepted items are party poppers, smoke devices, and
sparklers. These items should be used with extreme caution. The use of these items is
prohibited on public property or parks within the City of DeKalb.

The use, sale, and distribution of fireworks is also regulated by Illinois State Law 425 ILCS 35/1,
Pyrotechnic Use Act.

Here are a few guidelines the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends following:
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from
a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

DeKalb Fire Department

700 Pine Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
815.748.8460 phone www.cityofdekalb.com/DFD.htm
815.748.8497 fax www.facebook.com/dekalbfire
The best way to protect your home and family is not use these novelties in or around the home.
Attend public fireworks displays and leave the dangers to the professionals who have safeguards
in place.

Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July Holiday.

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