DON’T LET THE 4TH OF JULY BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE
SAFETY DEMONSTRATION SHOWS THE DANGERS OF FIREWORKS
- Date: June 29, 2013 PIO Number: 13-6-24
- MEDIA DEMONSTRATION
- WHEN: 11 a.m., Monday, July 1
- WHERE: Broward Fire Academy
- 2600 SW 71st Ter., DavieScenes from the Fireworks Safety Demonstration at Broward Fire Academy in Davie July 1.
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,” Fire Chief Tony Stravino 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 9,600 fireworks-related injuries in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Administration. 26 percent of those injuries were 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. The State Fire Marshal’s Office detectives will also be assisting several police departments this year responding to complaints and confiscating illegal fireworks.
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.