TAMPA, FL – Florida State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis urges Floridians to stay safe during year-end celebrations and to follow some fire safety tips to prevent fireworks from ending in danger.

“While we are all looking forward to celebrating the New Year and having a good time on New Year’s Eve, remember that it is important to celebrate it safely. Celebrating with fireworks can be fun, but it can also cause injury or property damage, and that’s the last thing anyone wants when they’re having a good time, ”Patronis said. fire safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and fun New Years Eve. ”

Patronis said that about 19,500 fires occur each year because fireworks are not set off safely, and the National Fire Protection Association estimates $ 105 million in damage nationwide from the fires.

To help Floridians have a safe and bright New Year’s Eve celebration, Patronis published a list of fire safety tips for the holiday.

  1. Stay Away From Unapproved Flares – Under Florida statute, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for updating an annual list of approved flares. Never use sparklers without adult supervision.
  2. Dispose of rags – relighting a rag can cause it to explode, which can lead to serious injury. If fireworks don’t light, always submerge them in water to make sure they’re completely out.
  3. Protect Your Children – Never allow young children to use fireworks or sparklers as they can cause third degree burns if not handled properly. Glow sticks are a great way for young children to celebrate safely.
  4. Remind your neighbors and pets – always keep pets indoors and at a safe distance from fireworks. Also, be aware that many in our state, including first responders and veterans, suffer from PTSD, and its celebration could affect your symptoms.
  5. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand – Disposing of fireworks and flares the right way can prevent an accident from happening. Using water or a fire extinguisher ensures that everything is cool enough to throw away.

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