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5 Safety Tips For Tampa Bay Area Backyard Fireworks. Jimmy Patronis is Florida’s CFO and State Fire Marshal. Here are his Safety Guidelines for Fireworks. We all want ti keep our families and others safe, so let’s haver some fun, after a quick check.

  • Unapproved Sparklers!

    Did you know there was such a thing? Stay away from them. Heres a list. And please make sure adults have “eyes on” all the kids, right!


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  • What About The Duds?

    Toss them away. Don’t try to relight, just drown them with water, trash them, and move on.

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  • You Kids. Our Kids. All Kids.

    The little bitty kids love the sparklers, right? Young children have no business in the “let’s light this and see what happens” business. Try “Glow Sticks” for the little dudes and dudettes.


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  • How 'Bout The Neighbors And Pets?

    Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. If you don’t know, ask them. They may not even be staying home, and appreciate your asking. Make sure your distance is safe, and the display (in a subdivision if you must) is not relentless. Make sure all pets are inside, and be mindful of any possible PTSD issues nearby.


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  • Fire Extinguisher? Realy?

    Of course. Garden hose is good, fire extinguishers are better, and faster.


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