TFD Reminds Everyone To Practice Safety When Ringing In 2014

By: Tallahassee Fire Department News Release Email
By: Tallahassee Fire Department News Release Email

News Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Each New Year’s Eve, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Tallahassee Fire Department would like to remind you to use extreme caution when using fireworks this New Year’s Eve.

More than half the firework related injuries in the U.S. involve children under 15 years old. If you plan to use legal fireworks at home, the Tallahassee Fire Department recommends the following:

  • Any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is illegal, unless it has the “Class C - Common Fireworks” stamp.

  • When using fireworks, have a bucket of water or sand nearby to dispose of spent fireworks.

  • An adult should always be present to supervise the use of fireworks.

  • Sparklers can cause severe burns as the tip can exceed 1,200 degrees F.

  • Just because the fireworks are legal does not mean that they are safe.

  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, always have a designated shooter.

  • Fireworks are intended for outdoor use only.

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