DON’T BE A DUD WHEN IT COMES TO FIREWORKS
SAFETY DEMONSTRATION SHOWS THE DANGERS OF FIREWORKS
WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 24
WHERE: Broward Fire Academy 2600 SW 71st Ter., Davie
- Date: June 20, 2014 PIO Number: 14-6-25
With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the 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 left to the professionals,” Sheriff Scott Israel 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, 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 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), it’s illegal.
In 2011, there were 18,000 fires and 9,600 fireworks-related injuries in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Administration. 26 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. On a typical Independence Day, more fires are reported in the U. S. than on any other day.
The Florida Division of State Fire Marshal 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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