Ocala Fire Rescue stresses safety for those using fireworks on Fourth of July

Ocala Fire Rescue is encouraging everyone to practice safety while celebrating Independence Day – especially when it comes to fireworks.

In fact, the department is encouraging those who wish to see fireworks on July 4 to attend a public event and leave the pyrotechnics to the experts.

“Fireworks can turn a joyful holiday into a painful and lasting memory when children and adults are injured because of improper use,” a release from the department says.

For those choose to stay at home and take part in Fourth of July celebrations, several safety tips that should be considered:

  • Only purchase legal fireworks, approved for use by the State of Florida, and utilize with extreme caution.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Never light fireworks indoors! Always light one at a time in a smooth, flat surface, clear from debris and away from dwellings, vehicles or any flammable materials.
  • Keep water nearby for emergencies and for soaking used fireworks before disposing of them.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Teach children to respect fireworks, firecrackers and even sparklers (which burn at 1,200 degrees – almost three times hotter than the temperature at which your average cake bakes.
  • Always keep a phone nearby to call 911 in case of emergency.