Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service encourage Floridians to use fireworks responsibly while celebrating this Fourth of July. Since January, 2,433 wildfires have burned approximately 195,157 acres throughout Florida.
“While recent rainfall has lowered wildfire risk across the state, the potential for wildfire is always heightened when fire and sparks are present outdoors,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “It’s crucial for Floridians to exercise caution when enjoying fireworks, cookouts and campfires with friends and family this weekend.”
Individuals should always check local laws before using fireworks. Local fire and police departments and the State Fire Marshal’s Office can also provide guidance. Floridians celebrating with fireworks or campfires should follow these safety tips:
- Light fireworks in a cleared area free of vegetation or dry debris.
- Clear debris from around campfires, grills and all fire sources.
- Remove debris from any location where fireworks could land.
- Always have a water source available.
- Aim fireworks away from people, homes and wooded areas.
- Never use homemade fireworks.
- Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Store unused fireworks, matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
- Never leave a fire unattended and make sure it is completely out before leaving it.
- Report any fires immediately to 9-1-1.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than one million acres of public forest land while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. To learn more about Florida Forest Service programs, visit FloridaForestService.com.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.