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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

5/25/2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is reminding Floridians to use the following safety tips for a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. A record 42 million Americans are expected to travel during the Memorial Day weekend, with many making their way to the Sunshine State.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Memorial Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the heroism and bravery of the men and women of our armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. If you plan on hosting or attending a Memorial Day gathering, please keep safety in mind and don’t let an enjoyable time grilling or boating turn tragic. By following a few safety tips, you can ensure you and your loved ones have a safe Memorial Day. And let us not forget to pray for the families of the fallen from across the country as we honor these heroes who gave everything in defense of the freedoms we enjoy today. We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”

Four Tips to Stay Safe this Memorial Day

1. Be Smart Around the Grill. If cooking with propane, always check the tank hose and connections for leaks before turning on the grill. Keep the grill away from homes, overhanging branches and decks. Put pets on leashes and make sure children are supervised when grilling. 

2. Never Boat Under the Influence. According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol is a principal impacting factor in fatal boating accidents. Make sure to follow all boating safety guidelines when operating a boat or personal watercraft.

3. Don’t Drive Distracted. Increased traffic will be on roadways this holiday weekend, and it critical to be focused while driving. Writing or sending a text removes your eyes from the road for five seconds, which could put your life and the lives of others in danger.

4. Use Approved Sparklers. Each year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office issues a list of approved sparklers. Only use sparklers under close adult supervision.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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