“Independence Day weekend is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but we must be smart and remember that fires and serious injuries can be caused by the improper use of fireworks,” said CFO Atwater. “Ensure your friends and family stay safe this Fourth of July by safely and correctly using fireworks.”
• Never give sparklers to young children, because sparklers can reach temperatures between 1,300 and 1,800 degrees, at least 200 degrees hotter than a standard butane lighter.
• Keep pets indoors and away from all sparklers.
• Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light.
• Keep a fire extinguisher and water hose on-hand for emergencies and a bucket of water available for used sparklers.
• Only purchase sparklers from licensed vendors.
• Attend a public fireworks show. Many public displays sponsored by communities or organizations are presented all across Florida.
Floridians should not sign “waivers” in order to purchase fireworks. Signing a waiver will not clear a consumer of responsibility if caught illegally using fireworks.
For a complete list of Florida-approved sparklers your family can enjoy, please visit: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/BFP/Documents/ApprovedSparklerList.pdf