Ocala Fire Rescue Warns Residents Consumer Fireworks “Not Worth The Risk”
Ocala Fire Rescue reminds residents that using consumer fireworks carries a litany of risks that are “not worth it”.
The organization released a video of the National Fire Protection Association’s character “Dan Doofus”, which exposes the dangers of a cavalier approach to the use of consumer fireworks.
The video warns that consumer fireworks are very dangerous and that “thousands of people are injured every year” using them.
He encourages residents to watch fireworks in public places instead.
“Wouldn’t it be safer to watch professional fireworks in the park or on TV?” Said the narrator of the video. He goes on to explain that on a typical July 4th, more fires are reported than on any other day of the year. More than half of those fires are caused by fireworks, according to the video.
Not all residents look forward to the holidays ahead. In 2019, Jeffrey Peltier made a passionate appeal to Ocala City Council to consider banning the use of fireworks in the city.
“I come to town today to ask and advocate with Ocala City Council to consider a citywide fireworks ban,” Peltier said. Peltier, who has three children, informed the board that two of his children have autism and one has hypersensitivity to a degree that can be debilitating.
“When a mortar explodes in the air, it’s like a gun ignites right next to my daughter’s ear,” Peltier explains.
Consumer fireworks are legal under the laws of Florida, Chapter 791.
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