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Safety reminders for 4th of July

10:14 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Multiple agencies around the First Coast are encouraging residents to use extreme caution during 4th of July celebrations.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue is reminding residents to use extreme caution when using or discharging fireworks of any kind during 4th of July celebrations. 

In the State of Florida it is illegal to use any firework that either goes boom or leaves the ground, according to SJCFR.

Instead of putting yourself in potential danger, officials are encouraging residents to attend public fireworks displays in lieu of private fireworks demonstrations.

Helpful safety tips to follow if you do plan on using legal recreational fireworks:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

For more information on firework safety contact your local Fire Marshals office.

First Coast News

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