Fireworks safety tips

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 The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service wants to remind all Floridians to use fire and fireworks safely and responsibly while celebrating on this Fourth of July.

“Even though our wildfire risk is lower because of recent rainfall, people should always be careful when using fireworks,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “The potential for wildfire is still present in some parts of the state.”

Individuals should always check with local laws before using fireworks.  Local fire and police departments and the state Fire Marshal’s Office can also provide guidance. If you plan to use fireworks, please follow these safety tips:


·       Follow all fireworks laws for your county or city.

·       Light fireworks on a cleared area free of any vegetation.

·       Remove any debris from roofs or decks where fireworks could land.

·       Always have a water source available in case of a fire.

·       Aim fireworks away from people, homes and wooded areas.

·       Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water.

·       Report any fires immediately to 911.


Since Jan. 1, 1,783 wildfires have burned more than 46,000 acres across Florida. The Florida Forest Service manages 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting more than 26 million acres of homes, forestland, and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire. For statewide wildfire updates and additional wildfire information, visit www.floridaforestservice.com. For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visitwww.FreshFromFlorida.com.