JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With hurricane season upon us, Florida’s 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday began on Friday and will run through Thursday.
During the week-long holiday, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness will be available to customers tax-free, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
Eligible items include:
- Under $10: reusable ice packs
- Under $20: candles, flashlights and lanterns
- Under $25: gas or diesel containers
- Under $30: AAA-cell, C-cell, AA-cell, D-cell, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries (not including car and boat batteries); coolers
- Under $50: bungee cords; ground anchor systems; radios (battery, solar or hand-crank); ratchet straps; tarps; tie-down kits; other flexible waterproof sheeting
- Under $750: portable generators
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute provided multiple tips to consider when purchasing portable generators and fuel containers to prepare for disasters:
- Consider the types of items that the generator will need to power and how much energy is needed
- Research generators before buying one
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector if using a generator
- Identify where the generator will be placed; generators require breathing room
- Generators should be located outside and away from windows, doors and vents
- Keep generators dry
- Prepare a source of fuel stored away from heat sources; fuel should not be used if it’s older than 30 days
The 2018 hurricane season will begin on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.