Dec. 29, 2023
Escambia County Fire Rescue and Pensacola Fire Department Urge Firework Safety this New Year's Eve
As Escambia County and the City of Pensacola prepare for New Year's Eve festivities, residents who choose to purchase and display their own fireworks are encouraged to utilize extra precautions and safety measures during the holiday.
Remember, discharging fireworks is illegal in City of Pensacola limits, per city ordinance, other than permitted public fireworks displays. Sparklers are allowed.
City of Pensacola ordinances prohibiting fireworks in city limits are not impacted by the 2020 amendment to Florida Statute 791.08, which made the use of certain fireworks legal in the state of Florida on select holidays including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The state law does not invalidate or supersede local regulations for the use of fireworks. To view City of Pensacola ordinances prohibiting fireworks within city limits, click here
As numerous Floridians choose to purchase their own fireworks, the number of residential structure fires has increased during holidays that are celebrated with fireworks.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, an estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the United States in 2018. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 9,100 consumer fireworks-related injuries were seen in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2018.
Between 2017 and 2023, Escambia County experienced nine residential structure fires caused by fireworks. Seven of those fires were caused by fireworks that were improperly disposed of after their use.
Residents are also encouraged to use caution while using sparklers. According to the NFPA, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under five years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.
“Escambia County Fire Rescue wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year," Fire Chief Adam Harrison said. "If fireworks are a part of your celebration, we encourage you to properly dispose of your fireworks by placing the used fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away. We also encourage parents to exercise safety when allowing children to use sparklers, as they can burn at extremely high temperatures.”
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