The Fourth of July is this weekend, and after many of us not being able to celebrate with our loved ones last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this holiday weekend is shaping up to be a real blast! Many Americans will be gathering for barbeques, beach days, community events, and of course it is not the Fourth without fireworks! As fun as a fireworks show is, however, it is important to remember to keep safety in mind. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms during 2019, with an estimated 7,300 of these injuries occurring between June 21st, 2019 and July 21st, 2019 (source).
Fireworks safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC):
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances. Sparklers, a firework often considered by many to be the ideal “safe” device for the young, burn at extremely high temperatures and should not be handled by young children. Children cannot understand the danger involved with fireworks and may not act appropriately while using the devices or in case of emergency.
- Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
If you would like to read the actual Florida statutes regarding fireworks, follow the links here:
Florida Statute Chapter 791: Sale of Fireworks
- 791.001 Application and enforcement.
- 791.01 Definitions.
- 791.012 Minimum fireworks safety standards.
- 791.013 Testing and approval of sparklers; penalties.
- 791.015 Registration of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of sparklers.
- 791.02 Sale of fireworks regulated; rules and regulations.
- 791.03 Bond of licensees.
- 791.04 Sale at wholesale, etc., exempted.
- 791.05 Seizure of illegal fireworks.
- 791.055 Restrictions upon storage of sparklers.
- 791.06 Penalties.
- 791.07 Agricultural and fish hatchery use.
America is the greatest country on earth, and everybody enjoys celebrating our personal freedoms with friends and family. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable 4th of July, and encourage you to let the professionals handle the fireworks display.