Don't blow yourself up this Fourth
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:32:35 GMT —
Fourth of July often means burgers, brats, and of course, fireworks. But sometimes at home displays can get out of control fast. With the dry weather we've had this summer, it might be best to leave it to the pros.
This Fourth of July holiday, people all over the country will celebrate America's 236th birthday with fireworks ... whether the displays are big or small, they can still be very dangerous. More than 40% of fireworks related injuries in Illinois last year were to children under the age of 16.
"Anything, even sparklers are burning at 2000 degrees so, you're handing your child something that's burning at 2000 degrees unfortunately, and that could cause obviously serious burns," Blessing ER nurse Elizabeth Huenefeldt said.
There aren't any restrictions on fireworks in Missouri as to what you can shoot off, but in Illinois and Iowa there are. Some of the things that are legal are sparklers or smoke balls but you can't have anything that shoots in the air, moves on the ground, or whistles. And if you do, you could face a hefty fine.
"Fireworks are illegal in Illinois. And it's a must appear in court if they're in possession of fireworks and a $120 fine," Quincy Police Officer Kelly Vandermaiden said.
So Huenefeldt offers this advice ... leave it to the professionals.
"But if you're not going to do that, make sure you're very aware of your surroundings. That you're aware of what you're doing at all times. That you don't wear loose clothing or that your hair isn't loose if you have long hair. And make sure you're following all of the safety precautions on the packaging," Huenefeldt said.
But most importantly, we want you to have fun and stay safe this Fourth of July.
There was question about fireworks displays being canceled across the area.
So far, no one has canceled their shows.