Fire protection association warns about misuse of fireworks

Fire protection association warns about misuse of fireworks

As the Fourth of July approaches, a national association is warning about the dangers of the misuse of fireworks.

In a report issued this week, the National Fire Protection Association says some 8,600 people were injured by fireworks in 2010 and that fireworks caused more than 15,000 fires that year, causing eight deaths, 60 injuries and $36 million in damage.

"Thousands of people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year because of incidents involving consumer fireworks and many times these injuries are extremely painful and require long-term recovery — using consumer fireworks is simply not worth the risk," said James Shannon, president of the association, in a release. "We encourage families to enjoy public displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals."

Here are guidelines for fireworks use in Champaign and Urbana.

CHAMPAIGN

Most fireworks are prohibited, except: sparklers, toy caps and toy cap guns (with less than .025 grains of explosive compound), "snake" or "glow worm" pellets, smoke devices, trick noisemakers known as "party poppers" or "snappers."

The fire protection association notes that sparklers and other novelty fireworks accounted for 38 percent of the emergency room visits for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.

URBANA

Any items which must be lit by a match are prohibited in the city limits.

ILLINOIS

Fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois without a permit.

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pangloss wrote on June 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Such a lame set of guidelines to be followed on our nation's birthday when it's our patriotic right and duty to make things explode in order to celebrate freedom.  Thankfully Indiana is a short drive away.

Commonsenseman wrote on June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

saddening that on the day we  celebrate freedom, we arent free to celebrate,  sparklers and snakes are garbage,  I plan my own "tea party" with real fireworks, I dont  need some  wimps telling me I can't