(KFVS) - The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds residents about the dangers linked to the use of fireworks including sparklers and firecrackers, which burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
That temperature is hot enough to cause third degree burns. Any activity that involves the use of fireworks posts a potential risk for fires or incidents that could result in serious injuries.
“This 4th of July, leave fireworks to the professionals by attending public community firework events in a safe environment,” said Larry Matkaitis, State Fire Marshal.
In Illinois last year, 259 fireworks related incidents were reported, which resulted in nearly $600,000 losses. In 2011, 9,600 injuries were treated in hospitals across the country, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.