Play it safe with fireworks this 4th of July holiday

4 th of July Fireworks

The State Fire Marshal is reminding all Texans to play it safe with fireworks this 4 th of July holiday. Using fireworks within most city limits in the state is illegal and firefighters in the county are warning everyone about the danger of starting grass fires.

“Anyone using fireworks should be aware of burn bans in their area. That means one spark from one bottle rocket or Roman candle could set off a wild fire that could endanger lives and property,” said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.

Fines for discharging fireworks within some city limits can be in the hundreds of dollars. And if the fireworks cause any type of bodily injury or property damage, the individuals can be charged with assault or arson, which are felony crimes.

Fireworks went on sale Saturday, June 24 and will end on Tuesday, July 4. Texans can expect to start hearing the explosions of fireworks beginning Saturday, July 1 through the 4 th of July.

A safer and less expensive way to enjoy fireworks is by viewing professional fireworks displays that are often held by cities and resorts around the state.

“We encourage everyone to have a safe and fun-filled 4 th of July whether they are sitting back watching fireworks or traveling on what will be very busy roadways,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT).

ICT advises all Texans to be careful around fireworks and follow these safety tips offered by the National Council on Fireworks Safety.

Recommended Safety Tips & Web site

— Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

— Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

— A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

— Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

— Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

— Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

— Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

— Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

— Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

— Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

— Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

— FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

— Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.