Florida Forest Service offers firework safety tips

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Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 1:31 PM EDT
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By: Symone Davis | WCTV Eyewitness News

June 30, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Fourth of July is just a few days away and the Florida Forest Service wants to remind residents how to stay safe when lighting fireworks.

The department advises the following:

  • Light fire works away from dry grass and buildings.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose near by in case of an emergency.
  • Also keep fireworks away from areas with thick vegetation.
  • “All it takes is a spark, even with the rains we’ve got now. A little bit of wind kind of dries out grasses pretty quickly. So a spark from a firework in one of those areas could cause some problems," said Todd Schroeder of the Florida Forest Service.

    Schroeder goes on to say, make sure fireworks are completely cool before throwing them away.