Cook County Promotes Safety and Preparedness this Fourth of July

The County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security offers firework safety tips and resources for residents

The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) is encouraging families to plan ahead to enjoy a safe Fourth of July holiday.

Hazards commonly associated with this holiday include extreme heat, fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display organized by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

It is illegal to possess fireworks in Illinois. If you are traveling to an area where fireworks are permitted, follow these steps:

Firework Safety 

  • Never give fireworks to small children and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

For additional information, visit the EMRS website at  


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