SJCFR Public Information Officer Jeremy Robshaw reported to Historic City News that St. Johns County Fire Rescue officials are encouraging residents to use extreme caution when using or discharging fireworks of any kind during 4th of July celebrations.
In the State of Florida it is illegal to use any firework that either goes boom, or leaves the ground.
Officials would also strongly encourage residents to attend the public fireworks displays in lieu of private fireworks demonstrations. These public displays are put on by licensed professional vendors, and are permitted on a case-by-case basis by local fire marshals, who ensure that the fireworks are used in a controlled and safe environment.
Below are some helpful safety tips to follow if you do plan on using legal recreational fireworks:
• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
Please remember these safety tips and have a safe and happy 4th. For more information on firework safety contact the Fire Marshals office at (904) 209-1700.