FIREWORK SAFETY FOR THIS 4TH OF JULY SEASON
With the 4th of July just around the corner and the sound of fireworks already in the air, WGEL talked with Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston about Firework safety, your individual responsibilities when handling them, and having fireworks around your children.
“Do not let kids handle fireworks”, Chief Johnston said, “as it’s the adults responsibility in this and you need to keep your children away”. Most fireworks burn at 1000 degrees or higher on the ends and that can very quickly cause a 3rd degree burn. He also noted that we should be aware of the dry straw and weeds in Bond County that can be very flammable. If you start a fire resulting from fireworks, it is your responsibility and you can be liable for any damages caused. Every year throughout the nation there are a lot of people that get seriously burned from fireworks. Bill Johnston wants to remind us that even though fireworks may look nice and will continue to be used during the 4th of July season, they are also extremely dangerous.
Along with Chief Johnston, WGEL reminds you to stay safe throughout the holiday season and have a great 4th of July.
DEADLINE FOR FIREWORKS PERMIT HAS PASSED
If you’re planning on shooting off larger fireworks this holiday season in Bond County, then you should have already purchased a firework’s permit from the County Clerk’s Office. WGEL spoke with Randy Reitz on why this new regulation went into affect this year in Bond County, who should have a permit, and when the permit purchasing deadline was.
“The time period has passed, it has to be done a minimum of 15 days before the usage of the fireworks”, Reitz stated. Each permit must be used for a single date, time and time period and applied for at the Bond County Clerk’s Office with the cost being $20. But don’t just think that anyone can walk in and get a permit. Each individual applying for one is subject to a background check and must have proof of insurance, proof of completing a training class either sponsored or conducted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office and approval from the Fire Chief of the District you will be doing it in. Reitz stated that without this regulation in the State of Illinois, Bond County would not be allowed to have any fireworks display, therefore those out at Patriots Park or over in Timber Trails would not be able to perform.
Anyone caught violating this regulation is subject to a fine not exceeding $500.