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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department Urges Residents to Celebrate Safely

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As we head into the holiday weekend, the Wheaton Fire Department is asking for the community’s help to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day. With many Fourth of July traditions cancelled to prevent large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone’s cooperation is needed to prevent injuries and house fires.

As a reminder, most fireworks are illegal in Illinois, including generally any firework that explodes, shoots a flame, or goes up in the air. However, even legal fireworks – like sparklers – can be dangerous, as they burn at more than 1200 degrees F.

“We know that many people are disappointed that we can’t celebrate in the same ways as we usually do for Independence Day,” Fire Chief Bill Schultz said. “Especially now, we ask that you please do not try and create your own fireworks show. Recreational fireworks are the source of many injuries and fires, and our community’s safety is our number one goal.”

We appreciate your cooperation and wish you a happy Independence Day.

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