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Avoid Using Personal Fireworks this Fourth of July

Published on Jun 30, 2021

Bartow, Fla. (Jun. 30, 2021)

Nearly 20,000 reported fires are started every year in the U.S. by fireworks. Burns also account for 44 percent of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms in the month around July 4.

And Polk County isn’t immune. Polk Fire Rescue spends a significant amount of time each year on calls related to fires and injuries caused by fireworks.

“The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show,” Polk Fire Rescue Chief Rob Weech said. “The residents of Polk County are fortunate that we have so many to choose from each year, no matter what part of the county you live in. Help protect your family and your community by attending one of these amazing professional shows.

”Just because you choose not to have fireworks doesn’t mean your Fourth of July party is over. Here are a few ideas to kick up your patriotic spirit without fireworks:

  • Use glow sticks as a safe alternative. They glow in the dark and are fun for all ages;
  • Noise makers also make a loud statement and can be found at local party supply stores;
  • Set up an outdoor movie night and don’t forget the bug spray;
  • Cans of red, white and blue silly string can make for spraying your family members; or
  • Make patriotic crafts with the family.

Polk Fire Rescue wants you to be safe this Fourth of July.