Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Are Fireworks Legal In Florida? CPSC Warnings

Celebrating July 4th Safely: Fireworks Big and Small Can Pose Risks:
LABELLE, FL. -- Although commonly seen sold at popup vendors around holidays, fireworks are illegal in Florida, except for sparklers. Anything that fires into the air or explodes is not legal. The Consumer Product Safety Commission annually sends out warnings to consumer each 4th of July holiday to give guidance about he real dangers of all firework products.

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 240 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Sparklers, bottle rockets and small firecrackers may appear harmless due to their size however, during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these fireworks send injured consumers to emergency rooms. Burns and lacerations to the hands, face, and head were the most frequently reported injuries. About 40 percent of the injuries that occur are related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.

The CPSC’s annual death and injury report on fireworks also indicates that approximately 40 percent of estimated injuries occurred to children younger than 15 years of age.

Never assume that a fireworks device is safe based on its size and never allow young children to play with or light fireworks. By knowing the dangers of all types of fireworks, consumers can prevent tragedies.

Fireworks Injuries:

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.

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