Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: June 12, 2023
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks started an estimated 12,264 fires in 2021, including 2,082 structure fires, 316 vehicle fires, and 9,866 outside and other fires. These fires caused 29 civilian injuries, and $59 million in direct property damage. Hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,500 people for fireworks related injuries; over half of those injuries were to the extremities and 35% were to the eye or other parts of the head.
“Fire safety is important throughout the year, so we’ve put together some reminders for citizens to keep in mind this summer,” said Westmont Fire Chief Steve Riley.
SPARKLERS & MOREHome fireworks should be limited to “novelties” including sparklers, snappers, poppers, etc. as can be purchased in any general retailer. However, even these can be very dangerous. Sparklers account for the greatest number of fireworks injuries, and often to the youngest victims. Sparklers burn in excess of 1200 degrees – hot enough to melt many metals and hot enough turn steel glowing red. An instantaneous touch of this will cause a burn and may result in permanent damage or scarring.
SUMMER FIRE SAFETYA backyard fire pit or bonfire can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Unfortunately, outdoor fire accidents send thousands of people to the emergency room with burn injuries each year. Before you gather around your backyard fire this season, remember these safety tips from the NFPA:
For more information regarding fire safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at nfpa.org/Public-Education. If you have additional fire safety questions, please contact the Westmont Fire Department at 630-981-6402.