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State Fire Marshal - Stay Safe as you Ring in the New Year

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Florida - Thursday December 29, 2022: As Floridians are beginning to make plans to celebrate the upcoming New Year’s Eve holiday, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is reminding citizens to stay safe by incorporating the following safety tips when celebrating the new year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks cause approximately 19,500 fires each year and result in an estimated $105 million in direct property damage nationwide. The CFO is also reminding Floridians to be on the lookout for impaired drivers on the roads this weekend and to never get behind the wheel if you are under the influence.

"Fireworks can be a lot of fun when used safely, but they can also cause serious property damage, severe injury, and even death," said Fire Marshal Patronis. "I want all Floridians to celebrate this New Year’s Eve safely, specifically when using fireworks ... I wish all Floridians a safe and happy New Year!”

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New Year’s Fire Safety Tips

  1. Stay away from unapproved sparklers – Per Florida Statute, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for updating an annual list of approved sparklers. Never use sparklers without close adult supervision.
  2. Throw away the duds – Relighting a dud can cause it to explode, which can lead to serious injury. If fireworks don’t light, always drench them in water to make sure they are completely extinguished.
  3. Protect your children – Never let young children use fireworks or sparklers as they can cause third-degree burns if not handled properly. Glow sticks are a fantastic way for young kids to celebrate safely.
  4. Remember your neighbors and pets – Always keep pets inside and a safe distance from fireworks. Also, be mindful that many in our state, including first responders and veterans, suffer from PTSD and your celebration could impact their symptoms.
  5. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand – Disposing of fireworks and sparklers the right way can prevent an accident from happening. Using water or a fire extinguisher makes sure everything is cool enough to throw away.