Jimmy Patronis offers 6 safety tips ahead of New Year's Eve – Florida Politics (blog)
Fireworks are fun, but at what cost?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the explosive displays cause an annual average of three deaths and cost $43 million in damage. Since 2014 in Florida alone, firefighters have responded to more than 50 fireworks-related incidents, which caused more than $1.5 million in property damage.
That’s likely why Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis wants Floridians to be safe this holiday.
“Leave the fireworks shows to the professionals,” Patronis said. “So you can avoid becoming a part of these devastating statistics.”
Below are six tips offered by Patronis, with a bit of light commentary provided by Florida Politics.
1 — Only purchase sparklers from licensed vendors.
Billy Bob might have the best deals in his lean-to underneath the highway overpass, but there’s a reason why his prices are rounded out to the nearest dollar: counting change is difficult with three fingers. You’ll want to avoid these unlicensed peddlers.
2 — Keep a fire extinguisher and water hose on hand, and a bucket of water available to fully extinguish used products.
Much like romance, it takes just a ‘spark’ for a widespread, catastrophic fire. Once the show is over, take a few precautions and briefly douse used fireworks. Having the extinguisher ready with a water hose also won’t hurt — just make sure the hose is on.
3 — Never give fireworks to young children. Even sparklers can reach temperatures between 1,300 and 1,800 degrees, at least 200 degrees hotter than a standard butane lighter.
If not for the children’s safety, then think of yours. Remember “Children of the Corn?” Kids can’t be trusted, who’s to say they won’t turn on you? In all seriousness, a child’s impulse could lead