From the Chief's Desk
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LEMONT FIREWORKS ORDINANCE
It is unlawful to discharge or set off any fireworks or pyrotechnics in the village, provided that public exhibitions of fireworks and pyrotechnics may be given if a permit therefore is granted by the village mayor and board of trustees.
Last year, the NFPA estimated that fireworks caused 17,800 fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 other fires.
These fires resulted in an estimated 8,700 emergency room trips. 3 out of every 10 people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15. Sparklers, Fountains and novelties accounted for 25% of the injuries. Fireworks has surpassed cigarettes in statistics for fire causation.
Please be careful during the holiday weekend and enjoy the fireworks displays controlled by professionals.
For more information, the complete ordinance, safety tips, and treatment protocol if injured please see the Village of Lemont website.
Some of the main causes of injury are:
- Not following instructions
- Lighting too many fireworks at once - this doesn't give you time to get out of the way. This also applies when lighting sparklers as lighting a bunch may result in a flame travelling up the sparklers and burning your hand
- Going back to a firework once it's been lit. Even if it doesn't appear to have ignited, it may flare up once you approach it - don't risk your luck
- Lack of supervision - in the garden there should be one adult in charge of lighting fireworks
- Getting too close to fireworks - there are guidance about the safe minimum distance for spectators to stand. Be aware of this and never ever store fireworks in your pocket
- Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
- Never try to make your own fireworks.
- Even when using legal pyrotechnics, always use outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
- Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
- Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
- Make sure you wear the right clothing - you should always wear gloves (especially when holding sparklers). Do not wear nylon clothing which melts against skin, and don't wear open neck t-shirts or shorts wear bare skin may be exposed to the danger of fireworks. Tuck scarves in so they don't catch alight
- Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
- Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
- Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.
If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
8.12.010. - Fireworks and display permits.
(a) It is unlawful to store any fireworks in the village, excepting as may be necessary for the performance of a licensed public exhibition of pyrotechnics, as provided for in this chapter. Any such storage must be under the supervision of and subject to the approval of the fire marshal.
(b) It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale any fireworks or pyrotechnics in the village.
(c) It is unlawful to discharge or set off any fireworks or pyrotechnics in the village, provided that public exhibitions of fireworks and pyrotechnics may be given if a permit therefor is granted by the village mayor and board of trustees.
(d) Such exhibitions shall be given subject to the supervision of the chief of police or his designee.
(Code 1964, § 25.201; Code 1988, § 8.32.010)