Local law enforcement is urging fireworks safety in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.
According to the city of Oviedo Fire Rescue Department, more than 9,800 injuries are reported from fireworks in the U.S., with more than 7,000 injuries requiring hospital treatment.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Celebratory gunfire: Ocoee police is reminding citizens that celebratory gunfire into the air is dangerous and illegal. During celebrations associated with the holiday, it is sometimes forgotten. A bullet can travel as much as two miles or more. Police said if you see someone fire a gun into the air to contact 911.
- Sparklers: Fourth of July sparklers reach 1,200 degree Fahrenheit, Kids are recommended to only use under close adult supervision for those under 12 years old. Dispose used sparklers in water when finished.
- Igniting fireworks: Do not ignite any fireworks in your hands. All fireworks should be ignited on the ground.
- Faulty fireworks: If the fireworks you purchased are not performing properly, discontinue use immediately. Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
- Report illegal explosives: like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Illegal fireworks are: any fireworks that explode or launch into the air are illegal in the State of Florida. The Agriculture Exemption you may sign when purchasing fireworks from retail sales is not appropriate if you use your fireworks in the improper zoning area, such as a residential neighborhood, Oviedo fire officials say.
For more information on fireworks safety, rules and regulations, visit FireworksSafety.org.