Three boys playing with fireworks caused up to $15,000 in damage to a northwest suburban Des Plaines, Illinois, middle school after the building caught fire Saturday afternoon. The building’s siding melted, and the area’s doorway and ceiling were damaged in the blaze, according to fire officials. No one was injured. However the outcome could have been tragic.
NFPA’s revised fireworks safety tip sheet has clear concise messaging to appeal to wider audiences about the dangers of consumer fireworks. Fireworks are dangerous. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. Fireworks should not be used by the general public. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. You can read more about fireworks safety on the NFPA web site.