SAFETY DEMONSTRATION TO SHOW DANGERS OF FIREWORKS
- Date: June 24, 2012 PIO# 12-6-24
WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012
WHERE: Broward Fire Academy
2600 SW 71st Ter., Davie
In this sequence of photos from the 2011 fireworks safety demonstration, BSO Bomb Squad technicians show the destruction caused by an illegal firework detonated in a watermelon
With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Marshal’s Bureau, BSO Bomb Squad and the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal will once again show the dangers of fireworks and the destruction they can cause.
The media demonstration 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.
“If you want to see fireworks, it’s best to leave it to the professionals,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. Consider attending one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the area. “The last thing we want to see is a child burned by a sparkler, or someone lose fingers from fireworks,” he said.
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 third degree burns or permanent disfigurement. As for what kinds of fireworks are illegal in Florida - if it flies (becomes airborne) or explodes (goes boom), they’re illegal.
In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospitals in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA). On a typical Independence Day, more fires are reported in the U. S. than on any other day. Over half of the fireworks injuries happen to children, as documented by the NFPA.
The Florida Division of State Fire Marshal detectives and Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau also conduct inspections of roadside fireworks stands throughout the county.
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.
This report by:
Mike Jachles / PIO
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 academy.