FIREWORKS BEST LEFT TO THE PROS FOR A SAFE 4TH OF JULY
EVEN LEGAL SPARKLERS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES
DATE: June 27, 2017 PIO NUMBER: 17-6-23
MEDIA SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 28
WHERE: Broward Fire Academy
2600 SW 71st Ter., Davie
With the Fourth of July holiday a week away, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the BSO Bomb Squad and the Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation will once again show the dangers of fireworks and the destruction they can cause.
The media demonstration at the Broward Fire Academy will feature the explosive dangers of illegal fireworks and improperly used legal sparklers and the safety risks that can result in injury, fires and even death. Mannequins and melons will be used as subjects for the demonstration.
“We remind our residents every year if you want to see fireworks, it’s best left to the professionals,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “There are many public fireworks shows throughout the area for everyone to enjoy. The last thing we want to see is a child burned by a sparkler, someone lose fingers, or worse, from fireworks.”
In Florida, there are few legal consumer fireworks. Included are sparklers, which can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit at the tip – hot enough to cause severe burns or permanent disfigurement. As for what kinds of fireworks are illegal in Florida - if it flies (becomes airborne) or explodes (goes boom), it’s illegal.
Fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires annually in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. On a typical Independence Day, more fires are reported than on any other day.
The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation and Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau also conduct inspections of roadside fireworks stands. Another important safety item to consider is celebratory gunfire. Firing a gun in the air is not only against the law, it’s extremely dangerous. Remember, falling bullets kill.
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DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 595 to Davie Road, head south on Davie Rd. Turn right (west) on Nova Drive/SW 24 Street. Turn left (south) on SW 71 Terrace, follow road into the fire academy.
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