Florida Fireworks Q&A: What’s legal and what’s not?

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

Is Florida more restrictive than most states when it comes to fireworks?

Although Florida makes most fireworks illegal, some states go even further. Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have banned consumer use of all fireworks.

I've always heard that fireworks are dangerous, but what's the real risk?

According to a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association in 2010, 8,600 fireworks related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The annual death and injury report on fireworks also showed that about 40 percent of injuries occurred to children younger than 15. There were also three deaths directly related to fireworks. In addition, the NFPA says more fires are reported on July 4 in the U.S. than on any other day.

If I use legal fireworks, how can I stay safe? Here are five basic safety tips

• Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't always realize that young children can be injured by sparklers, which burn at extremely high temperatures

• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

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