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Posted on: July 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

COE Leave fireworks to the professionals

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. The Elmhurst Fire Department reminds residents that the only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year. 


  • More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
  • Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4.
  • Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg.
  • One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
  • Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

A few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks:

  • Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for all ages.
  • Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
  • Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bugspray!
  • Red, white and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
  • Make a patriotic craft with the family.
  • Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake.


Source: National Fire Protection Association

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