CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: 6 Fire Safety Tips for New Years Eve

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12/27/2017

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Contact: Jon Moore, 850.413.2842,

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis urges Floridians to celebrate safely during upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an annual average of three deaths and cost $43 million in direct property damage.

Since 2014, Florida firefighters have responded to more than 50 fireworks-related incidents accounting for more than $1.5 million in property loss,” said CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis. “It’s important to use precaution while celebrating on New Year’s Eve as fireworks can destroy property, cause serious burns and can pose a serious threat to the safety of our communities. Leave the fireworks shows to the professionals so you can avoid becoming a part of these devastating statistics.”

Only approved sparklers and fireworks purchased for approved agricultural or industrial purposes are legal in Florida. Anyone who chooses to use fireworks or sparklers should follow these six safety tips. 

1. Only purchase sparklers from licensed vendors. 

2. Keep a fire extinguisher and water hose on hand, and a bucket of water available to fully extinguish used products.
 
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.

4. Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light.

5. Keep pets indoors and away from all fireworks.

6. Never mix fireworks and alcohol. Attend public fireworks show instead. Public displays are sponsored by communities and organizations across Florida. 
 
Floridians should not sign waivers to purchase fireworks that are illegal for personal use in Florida. Signing a waiver will not clear a consumer of responsibility if caught illegally using fireworks. Local law enforcement agencies are charged with the enforcement of Florida fireworks laws.
 
To learn more about fireworks enforcement, visit: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/sfm/BFP/FireworksandSparklerEnforcement.htm
For a complete list of Florida-approved sparklers your family can enjoy, please visit: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/sfm/BFP/ApprovedSparklerLists.htm
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook () and Twitter ().

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