(MIAMI, Dec. 29, 2017) – The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) wants to remind the public there are certain precautions that should be taken when handling fireworks this New Year's eve. Parents are also reminded to ensure the safety of their children by closely supervising personal fireworks use, and by purchasing only legal fireworks from approved vendors. It's important for parents to be present when fireworks are ignited, and to ensure that the materials are lit in an open area away from homes, vehicles and any combustibles. Young children should not be allowed to handle fireworks. Parents should teach children to be prepared, safe and responsible:
Read and follow all of the following safety tips:
- Light fireworks in a safe area, such as a driveway or other paved surface.
- Keep fireworks at least 25 feet away from grassy and vegetated areas.
- Never attempt to relight or alter malfunctioning fireworks. After allowing them to stand for several minutes, discard in a pail of water. Keep a hose and bucket of water nearby.
- Light one firework at a time, and move away quickly. Fireworks should never be held or thrown. Remain a safe distance away from the devices.
- If clothes catch fire, remember to STOP, DROP onto the ground, cover your face, and ROLL over and over until the fire goes out.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department stresses that adults consuming alcohol while discharging fireworks are a significant contributor to fireworks mishaps and are likelier to suffer injury.
Even sparklers, which burn at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, can be dangerous if used improperly.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department is dedicated to promoting and enhancing fire safety through education and code enforcement.