As the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members. Ensuring a safe environment for everyone involved with the upcoming fireworks celebrations is crucial. We present the following fireworks safety guidelines to help you enjoy a memorable and accident-free celebration.
- Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules, restrictions, and permissible dates and times for fireworks use. Respecting these regulations will contribute to a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Purchase fireworks from reputable sources: For your safety, always purchase fireworks from authorized vendors who comply with safety standards. Reliable sources offer fireworks that have been tested and approved, reducing the likelihood of malfunctions or accidents. Please be careful about purchasing fireworks from unreliable or illegal sources.
- Read and follow instructions: Before using any fireworks, carefully read and understand the instructions provided. Pay close attention to safety guidelines, recommended spectators distances, and proper fireworks lighting methods. Adhering to these instructions significantly reduces the risk of accidents.
- Choose an appropriate outdoor location: An open outdoor space away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable materials. Ensuring there are no overhead obstructions like trees or power lines is essential. Choosing a suitable location mitigates the risk of fires and accidents.
- Please ensure safety equipment is kept nearby: Prioritize safety by having a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher readily available in emergencies. These items can be crucial for quickly extinguishing fires or cooling fireworks afterward.
- Provide adult supervision for children: Children should only handle fireworks with responsible adult supervision. Even seemingly harmless fireworks, such as sparklers, can cause severe burns. It is vital to ensure that a responsible adult is present to oversee the use of fireworks and enforce safety precautions.
- Avoid alcohol and drug use: Alcohol and fireworks are a dangerous combination. Consuming alcohol or using drugs impairs judgment and coordination, increasing the risk of accidents. Refrain from alcohol and any substances that may hinder your ability to handle fireworks responsibly.
- Utilize protective gear: Protective gear is crucial to minimize the risk of injuries. Wear safety goggles or glasses to shield your eyes from sparks and debris. Additionally, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes to protect your skin from burns.
- Follow proper lighting procedures: When lighting fireworks, always maintain a safe distance using a long-handled lighter or igniting device. Never attempt to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. If a firework fails to ignite, wait at least 20 minutes, then soak it in water before disposing of it properly.
- Attend professional fireworks displays: For the safest and most enjoyable fireworks experience, consider attending public displays conducted by trained professionals. These shows offer magnificent fireworks while minimizing the risk of accidents. Follow any instructions or guidelines event organizers provide and maintain a safe distance from the display area.
Conclusion: On behalf of Sheriff Marcos R. Lopez and the entire Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, we emphasize the importance of fireworks safety. By following these guidelines, you can help create a safe environment for all community members during celebrations. Safety is our utmost priority, and we wish you a memorable and accident-free fireworks experience.
For ordinance details in regards to Fire Prevention Code Ordinance, please visit https://bit.ly/435rIyL