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"department public education" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"And the first thing that she said was she didn't think it would ever happen to her. She handed her daughter, the sparkler and her daughters stress caught on fire. Well, it is that quickly that it will burn. We did a demonstration the other day it was pouring rain out and the shirts still caught on fire with the sparkler. As I said, you must keep in mind as sparklers, burning it over 1800 degrees. Our that's pretty high heat. Um, so sparklers are not a benign thing that we think we can use and and as kids. I know I've seen that It's no longer that way. We found out they're harmful. We would never want to put our loved ones in harm's way. And it does do so by doing this. This is reset. I'm Sasha and Simon's, and we're talking about fireworks Safety with chief Wally Schroeder. He's head of the Chicago Fire Department's public education unit. Coming up later in the program will bring you recommendations for what to read this summer. So stay tuned for that. Now we have heard reports from Chicago residents of illness that they believe came from inhaling toxins from fireworks. Here's one of them. Let's listen to what David and Westridge had to say. I got arsenic poisonings last week, There were a lot of fireworks being set off and there were plumes of smoke. Half of the people on my block got Take that very same time. The whole family right across the alley for me all got sick. Some of the plumes are reputedly. According to what I read 10% arsenic. I got it a couple of days later from the big fireworks plume that went off directly behind our garage. My partner's 12 year old son almost got hit by the backfire from it family across the way, But 78 people were sitting there in bloom just saying, Wow, that was weird, and they all got sick. Chief. You mentioned pets earlier, But we've also heard accusations of domestic pets getting sick from fireworks, smoke or or residue. Is this possible it? Well, obviously, Absolutely. I would not want to second guess with this gentleman's commenting on her how he feels, Um, but absolutely I'm a can trigger certain things, Remember? We don't know. Um Where what was put into this? Where was it built? How was it built on the firework that was used and when you're talking is significant amount. What it almost sounds like he was describing, you know, the potential is obviously always there. And once again, it reverts back to the fact the safety we see how it affects our neighbors. Being that kind neighbor and being that thoughtful person. You can see how it affects everybody surrounding us. It's not only the danger of getting physically hurt. We're getting people sick from this. You know, we've We've just come out of this pandemic or starting to. I should say we want to be mindful. Um, well, let's be careful. We've seen how what things happen. We don't want to get anybody injured or sick from this. Well, what are the chemicals that can be found in fireworks? That should give us pause. You know, as he was saying, arsenic. There are many things, uh, that are obviously the gunpowder aspects of it for the explosive that sets it off that that needs it, amongst other things that are are the colorful And as I was saying, um, when you're purchasing something, you don't know what exactly is put in it. There's no standard When it's put in there. Remember in Illinois. We don't know law, fireworks like that, unless they're displayed by a professional, and that's part of the fact of licensing. They know what's in it. They know where it's going to detonate how high it's going to detonate. Is it going to be away from civilians as this gentleman was describing? It wasn't the plume did not go away from from him and his family? Therefore they they were encapsulated in their smoke. It's you know, I hate to compare it to it, but it's pretty much the same consequence of a cigarette. What is exactly in a cigarette? What causes the damage? Well, we know a few items in it, but the rest of it is not known, and I think that's what we're combining a lot of different things in there and causing this type of illness, right. Well for people who come across illegal fireworks, or who decided to get rid of the ones that they have. What are the safe ways to do so? Um You know what I would certainly, uh you know, and that's a great question, because we very rarely get those calls for that. Um, but I would certainly call 311. Um and they will direct them as to what disposal? Um and they can turn them in without fear of any legal troubles. Absolutely. I would highly recommend they go to the local police station. They can give it at the front desk. Absolutely, absolutely. I would encourage them to do so. And and I hope and pray that they do do that you know this weekend and that it is a safe weekend for them. Where can people go to enjoy fireworks this weekend? You know what online There are numerous, won numerous locations throughout geographically through around the city, um, that you'll be able to see them in a safe location. Um, this year. I don't believe the city has posted any of theirs yet. They will be forthcoming, but I would certainly check the city's website to find out times and locations. City Chicago dot org. Um, if you check that That will identify the different locations that surround the Chicago area or Chicago where they're going to be located. That is Chief Wally Schroeder with the Chicago Fire Department chief. Thank you so much for your service, and we hope that you have a safe Fourth of July weekend. Thank you. You as well, Thank you for having me now, before we wrap this segment, I want to pull one more voice into the conversation. If lighting up. Fireworks are lighting up the grill is not what you're looking to do this weekend. We do have a few recommendations for you. So on the line with me now is Tamara O'Shaughnessy, editor in chief of Chicago parent magazine. Hey, Tamara. Hi. How are you? Thanks for having me doing well tomorrow. Are you already cooking up your plans for the weekend? I am we've got we've got a lot of fun and aren't we lucky to live in Chicago land it is still despite us still social, distancing and math wearing, we're still filled with things to do for families. There is still so much to do as you said, So. What recommendations do you have them for, folks? This weekend because I immediately think of lighting up the grill. I got to admit, I immediately think of a swimming pool of some sort. What's on your list? They're all good things. Um One of the things that we're suggesting families do is a great event. Even though it's virtual by the Chicago history Museum. They're going to have contemporary Chicagoans talk about what freedom means to them. But in there also this is for Family fund. It will have a hot dog trivia contest where you can potentially win prizes, Its virtual It's free. Um and then you you know, it gives you something to build your day around. You can have your barbecue after maybe even make some hot dogs. Sounds good. What else? Uh, let's see on on the Fourth in terms of music and very popular. Miss Jamey's farm is going to be at Cantigny in Wheaton, and she always puts on a good show for kids. She's performing 11 to noon there, um, on the fourth of July so kids can get up. They can totally, um Dance around and learn about life on the farm. She always puts on a really, really fun show. And then, of course, we know that Wheaton is a great place to have a picnic or barbecue. The gorgeous Open their most of these ideas, family friend it family friendly, totally family friendly. I wouldn't I wouldn't suggest anything that I wouldn't take my kids to Nice. What about for the introverts among us tomorrow? They're looking for something low key. Monkey. Oh, I know. Can you even do Fourth of July? Loki? I guess you can stay home, ladies. Okay, there, it is it like that's as low key as it gets. But one of the things that I really enjoying, and then I will be down. Uh, here the the merchandise. Mark. Um On the fourth. That's the art on the march very low key because social distancing is still being enforced there, But Adler has created a 16 minute piece. Yeah. Called Astra graphics, and they play that on the mark from nine at 99 30 for my kids, They are a little older, that is not past their bedtime, but it's a fun way to being in the city. Still, um and really enjoy what the art on the mark has created for. Before everybody. Um you just mentioned social distancing guidelines are people still being encouraged to take precautions when it comes to covid 19 this weekend? Yes. Yes, And we always recommend when families go out that even if the event is not, um mandating masks or social distancing, we always make sure we always recommend our families. Go out and, you know, keep keep a little bit more distant, especially because kids 12 and under still cannot get vaccinated and we want to keep them safe. That's tomorrow. O'Shaughnessy, editor in chief of Chicago parent magazine, Tamara, Thanks and have a great weekend, you to enjoy that barbecue. Thanks. Bye..
"department public education" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"Of 2019 about 10,000 fireworks injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country, according to the commission. With us now to help keep you safe. This fourth of July. This chief Wally Schroeder, He's head of the Chicago Fire Department's public education Unit High Chief. Welcome to Reset Hey, Good afternoon. Thank you so very much for having me. First asking for a new Chicago in here who may or may not be myself. Um cheap. Why on earth do I hear fireworks every night? Is this a thing in Chicago? Yes. Unfortunately first, let me say Welcome to the greatest city in the world. Thank you. You know what? Yes, unfortunately, it is. People don't really take seriously how dangerous fireworks are, Um, you know, every year we have people, uh, injured. It's just this year. So far are ambulances have transported three victims of fireworks, um, that were severely injured. Uh, that will go through life with these injuries, Um, so they are very serious, and they should not be handled by people that are not such trained properly with that. So this is a thing that happens every summer. Yes. Unfortunately, this time of the year And if you have a pad such as a dog as I do, um you know, it upsets my my animal, My dog. I was part of my family. And if you have a family member that is, you know That was in the military. Um and has pro post traumatic stress. Um, this is a rough time of the year also so really, being cognizant of that and trying to be, you know, kind of good neighbor and knowing shooting off these fireworks are exceptionally dangerous to yourself. Others around you. Well, let's clear up some longstanding misconceptions about fireworks in Chicago. Are there any fireworks that are legal for residents to possess or use in Chicago and Illinois? I can tell you this much in Chicago. No. If you have to light it, you shouldn't be firing it or using it Once again. We leave those to the professionals. Um, they they do have some that are little pop rockets that you throw down. You don't like them Those types of things glow sticks. That's what we recommend, Um, and in the city of Chicago, just so we're clear and outside of this city, I can't speak for what the suburban areas have. But in Chicago sparklers Their band, so we think that they're pretty benign. You know, It's a pretty color and we hand him to the kids and their look around just to keep in mind. Sparkler burns out well, over 1800 degrees um, you know glass burns at 900 degrees. And greater than 44% of the victims are burned by sparklers. Uh and roughly one quarter of the emergency room visits over this weekend will be because the sparkler incidents or accidents, so this is truly preventable. You know, obviously disease and other things that are out there. We can try to prevent, but this is truly preventable. An accident with fireworks is a preventable issue. Don't play with him. Watch the professionals use something. Indiana has among the most lenient fireworks laws. How do you think that impacts fireworks prevention and safety and your job? And do we have any working relationships with Indiana to help stop illegal sales of fireworks into Illinois? Well, you brought up a great point. Well, first of all, as you know, we are to us state with with Indiana right over the border. Very close. Yes, We do. Deal with fire marshals out there and and with the fire department's obviously as you said, and you started off with it is legal there it is not legal to bring it across the border. You know, and it's very difficult. Unfortunately, some of our Illinois ins and Chicagoans across the border and purchase those fireworks that become illegal when you come into our state, and it's not because of the fact we're trying to not allow you to have a good time. We're trying to keep everybody safe. Um, you know, and especially when when things catch on fire. We get a lot of fires that are attributed to, um It's a fireworks and you believe or we've had all this rain. Well, you know, things still catch on fire. We get a lot of back porches. We get a lot of roofs. Those things do have a tendency trying out quite quickly, And they do become combustible. Same thing with, you know, and alleys, garages, those types of things because of careless useless of fireworks, So it becomes a very dangerous, dangerous thing to do. That's why we don't want fireworks only to be handled. Specifically not by the public by the general public but specifically by professionals. So, so we're cleared to that point who does have the right to possess or use fireworks here? There's a special license in order to, um to actually shoot fireworks. You have to be licensed and you have to be approved by the city of Chicago. So we did just don't allow vendors to come in and and display or have a display of fireworks. For instance, new to Chicago while you'll you'll soon find out when our Southside White Sox when they hit a home run, the fireworks display goes off all the individual, the individual doing that. Is licensed to do so. And they have a permit to do so You must be permanent to do so, Which means you have followed all the criteria set forth in order to do that. That's not your common homeowner or neighbor That is going to be able to do that. The same thing with Navy Pier when the fireworks when they do the fireworks displays there and and throughout the city. You. You said that you You want to keep folks safe and not rain on their good time, which I want to make sure that that's that's clear, but but there's going to inevitably be folks who might be listening right now, and they're thinking out. Come on. The kids are coming this weekend. They're going to want some entertainment. So in that case, Chief What should people do Our sparklers? Okay? Absolutely not. And I know absolutely they're thinking it's not going to happen to me. This will never happen to me. I'm very careful. I make sure they're not running with it. I make sure this isn't going to happen. I can't tell you how many ambulance trips there are with people in the back that say, um, this isn't going to happen to me. It never happens to me where it could happen to you. Are you willing to take the chance with your child or loved one? I know I am never that way. I will not put anybody at risk her in jeopardy, especially the ones that I care about. I love you want to protect them, and you don't want them to be in an environment like that glow sticks. Those are wonderful things to have for kids they can use some. They can play with them. It's not going to cause any harm as far as fire or burning them. We just did a news conference with a young lady that was describing the injuries her daughter had when she was five years old. And the first thing that she said was she didn't think it would ever happen to her. She handed her daughter, the sparkler and her daughters stress caught on fire. Well, it is that quickly.