from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis
July 1, 2022
This Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the birth of the greatest country in the world here in the great state of Florida. As you gather with family and friends this weekend, I encourage everyone to keep safety in mind. While fireworks are exciting, they must be used with caution. The last thing we want is your Independence Day celebration to end with a trip to the hospital, or even a tragedy. This weekend, make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby when using fireworks or cooking out, and keep an eye out for children around the grill.
- Consider attending a professional firework show – The best opportunity to protect yourself and your family from firework injuries is to let a trained professional handle the fireworks.
- Light one firework/sparkler at a time and never relight a dud – If too many fireworks are lit at one time, it can cause confusion about which ones are active, leading to possible injury or fire. Duds can malfunction and explode improperly if you try to relight them.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby – Be careful of how you dispose of fireworks and sparklers and make sure you always have a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand. Once fireworks have stopped working, they are still extremely hot and need to be cooled off with water or a fire extinguisher so they can be disposed of properly.
- Be Smart around the Grill – If cooking with propane, always check the tank hose and connections for leaks before turning on the grill. Keep the grill away from homes, overhanging branches, and decks. Put pets on leashes and make sure children are supervised when grilling.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy Independence Day and God Bless America!