SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Independence Day draws nearer, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, urges all residents to exercise caution on one of the most popular days of the summer.
“The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year,” Mussman said. “But we need to remember to use extreme caution when using fireworks or other pyrotechnics. It’s a great time to spend with friends and family at parties or cookouts and ending the day by watching displays of fireworks, but it is far safer to leave that to the professionals.”
Hospitals often see an increase in injuries during this holiday from fireworks or other mistakes that are easily avoidable with proper foresight. The U.S. Fire Administration also encourages the safe use of grills, by allowing grills to have at least a three foot radius from any potential hazard and never to leave an open flame unattended.
“Being safe isn’t just limited to pyrotechnics.” Mussman said. “Simple measures such as making sure that everyone is wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated can be easy to overlook. If you’re going to be watching the fireworks in a crowded area, make sure to establish a meeting spot in case a group gets separated. This is a day worth celebrating so please make sure you’re doing it safely. There are many ways to display one’s patriotism on such a festive day but no matter what, safety should come first.”