The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsDON'T HANDLE OR USE FIREWORKS---EVER!
FIREWORKS ARE HAZARDS TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN!
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day on July 4. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 230 people have to visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Florida law disallows the sale of recreational fireworks except for very limited types such as sparklers.
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services strongly recommends that you keep yourself and your family members safe this coming holiday weekend by enjoying community fireworks displays managed by professionals who meet safety requirements.
Follow these safety tips if you do use fireworks:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees F - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.