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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Highlights Labor Day Safety Tips

9/3/2021

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 3, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Highlights Labor Day Safety Tips
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to follow important safety tips for a safe and enjoyable Labor Day. Labor Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year, with millions expected to travel during the holiday weekend.
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “On Labor Day, many across our state will be enjoying some well-deserved time off to spend with family and friends. Whether you are spending time grilling out, at the beach, or on the water, please make safety your top priority. It only takes a split second to turn an enjoyable family gathering into a tragic one. By incorporating just a few vital safety tips, you can make sure everyone stays safe this Labor Day weekend.”
Three Tips to Stay Safe this Labor Day
1. Pay Attention Around the Grill. If preparing your meal includes grilling with propane, always check the tank hose and connections for leaks prior to lighting up the grill. Always set the grill up away from the house, overhanging branches and decks. Keep pets on leashes and make sure children are always supervised while grilling.

2. Don’t Drink and Boat. According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol is a leading factor in fatal boating accidents. Make sure to follow all boating safety guidelines when operating a boat or personal watercraft.

3. Stay Focused Behind the Wheel. Additional traffic will be on roadways this holiday weekend. Limiting distractions while driving will help you and other drivers stay safe. Writing or sending a text removes your eyes from the road for approximately five seconds, which could put your life and the lives of others in danger.

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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).