Fire Safety Tips
Florida law prohibits any person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation to offer for retail sale, or use or explode, any fireworks. As a general rule to follow any firework that explodes making a loud noise or shoots into the air is illegal. Fireworks account for a significant number of injuries and sometimes deaths each year.
Teenage boys are the most frequently injured with severe burns, loss of sight and disfigurement.
Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,000 degrees and although they are legal can cause significant injuries especially to small children.
In a typical year, on the July 4th holiday, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes of fire combined.
Don't allow your children to use fireworks, and please don't use illegal fireworks yourself.
Ten home fire safety tips
- Install and Maintain Life Saving Smoke Detectors - Smoke detectors are time machines, they give you time to escape by warning you early when a fire is present. Install them outside sleeping areas and on each level of your home. Test them monthly, keep them clean and dust free and replace the battery once a year. A chirping noise from your detector indicates your battery is low.
- Put Some Space Around Space Heaters - Space heaters produce temperatures that can ignite ordinary home furnishings. Keep at least 3 feet of clear space around them and never place them close to draperies or shower curtains. Buy only UL or Factory Mutual tested heaters with automatic (tip over) shut offs.
- Practice Your Planned Escape - The best way to survive a fire inside a building is to get out fast. Plan two escape routes from each room in your home and practice the routes with family members at least twice a year. Pick a meeting place everyone can gather outside and never go back in - Stay out!
- Keep An Eye On Smokers - Careless smoking is the number one cause of fire deaths in America. Never smoke in bed or when drowsy. Wet cigarette butts before discarding them into garbage receptacles. If you're throwing a party, have a designated area for smoking so you can keep an eye on smokers and avoid accidents.
- Matches And Lighters - Small children are often fascinated by matches and lighters and can mistake them for toys. Keep them out of reach or locked up from little ones. Adults should teach children that matches and lighters are tools for adults, not toys to be played with. If children find them they should tell an adult immediately.
- Stop, Drop And Roll - If your clothes catch fire, don't run! Stop where you are, cover your face with your hands, drop to the ground and roll over to smother the flames.
- Cool Water For Burns - Cool water helps to stop the burning of skin when it occurs. If you or someone gets burned, don't use butter or some other home remedy. Place the burned area in cool water for 10-15 minutes and seek professional medical help if needed.
- Be Safe With Electricity - Overloaded circuits are a constant problem that cause home fires. Multiplugs should be avoided and extension cords limited to temporary use, never run them under rugs or furnishings. Replace any cord or plug that has cracks or visible damage. Use only proper size fuses.
- Take Care In The Kitchen - Kitchen fires are the most frequent seen by firefighters. Never leave cooking unattended. Keep lids of pots handy and the handles turned inwards. If grease catches fire, place a lid over the pan and turn off the heat. Never wear loose fitting clothes or big sleeves when cooking and keep all metals out of microwave ovens.
- Stay Low And Go! - Smoke claims more lives than the fire that makes it. If smoke is present, exit as low to the ground as possible and keep your mouth covered.