(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
In an effort to ensure public safety this Independence Day, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) will be conducting sparkler tent sweeps Friday, July 1, 2016, starting at 10:30 a.m. throughout Miami-Dade County.
MDFR Inspectors will also be on hand to talk about the dangers of using illegal fireworks, as well as to share safety information. “Fireworks can be very dangerous causing serious burns and injuries,” said Fire Prevention Chief Diosbani Rodriguez. “Even fireworks such as sparklers, intended for children, can cause irreparable damage. We strongly urge everyone to leave fireworks in the hands of professionals and attend a fireworks show instead.”
According to a report issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires and 14,000 outside and other fires. More than one-quarter 28 percent of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.