Wednesday, June 25, 2014 || By Michael Romain
One Case That Illuminates Importance Of Firework Safety
The Maywood Fire Department is distributing educational literature about the perils of fireworks usage and the importance of households implementing emergency plans. According to a flyer the Department has been circulating, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that about 18,000 fires in 2011 were caused by fireworks. Sparklers caused 16 percent of fireworks injuries.
One sparkler-related incident, reported today, involves 18-year-old Eric Morelli, who threw a lit sparkler into the second-story bedroom of his friend’s 19-year-old sister, Kristen Milano, who was sleeping at the time. Milano died after her room became engulfed in flames. Morelli has been charged with manslaughter and three counts of reckless endangerment. The incident happened in Connecticut.
The NFPA recommends that residents refrain from using consumer fireworks–including sparklers and crackers–and attend public shows instead. But wherever they’re used, the organization recommends that adults keep a close eye on children. According to the NFPA, sparklers can burn as hot as 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt glass.
Fire Department Recommends Maywood Households Implement Emergency Planning
The Fire Department has also been distributing literature designed to educate the public about the importance of emergency plans. The booklets, which aggregate information from the Maywood Fire Department, the Maywood Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, among other entities, lay out the details of emergency planning at the household level.
It recommends that families designate out-of-area contact persons, duplicate important documents, inventory valuables, build emergency kits and plan ahead for evacuations. To read the booklet in its entirety, click here.
A Blast From Past: Maywood Firefighters Go Out Into Community
On January 12, 2014, Maywood firefighters took part in a community service project in the parks. Below are some pictures, submitted by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh. VFP