For those celebrating at home and not at Jernigan's Landing for Riverfest, the Milton Fire Department urges you to use caution and stay safe. A report by CPSC finds a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 2019. At least 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 12 reported for the previous year. About 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2020. There were about 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries in 2019.
If your pet is missing, call Santa Rosa County Animal Services at (850) 983-4680 or click the "Search Lost Pets" tab at www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals.
What does that mean for Milton City Residents? Stay safe, and have fun! According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2020, U.S. hospitals treated an estimated 15,600 people for sparkler and fireworks-related injuries. Of those injuries, 10,300 of them occurred between June 21 and July 21. Children and young adults below the age of 25 represent the majority of these injuries. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that "Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires.
So, as our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, we ask you to follow the laws, to be safe, and to exercise good judgment when using fireworks.