The first day of fireworks sales in Texas took place on Wednesday. So, if you’re planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang, you’ll want to pick up your supplies!
Buying, using, and possessing fireworks is completely legal in most areas of Harris County and other nearby counties. Keep in mind though that inside the city limits in most cities, fireworks do remain illegal. You’ll want to check for laws in your specific area if you’re planning to use fireworks.
Remember, fireworks do have the potential to be dangerous. Numerous accidents requiring emergency room care occur every Fourth of July. Those accidents are almost always due to improper fireworks care. With that in mind, here are some suggested guidelines courtesy of the Harris County Fire Marshal.
- Buy fireworks from reliable, reputable fireworks sellers
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
- Keep water nearby in case of fire
- Always have an adult lighting and handling fireworks
- Position fireworks on a flat, smooth surface away from buildings, your home, or dry leaves/grass
- Always read the directions and follow them!
- Make sure people are out of range when lighting fireworks
- Light one firework at a time
- Water leftover fireworks materials to ensure they will not respark or become flammable again
- Shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Never allow small children to play with fireworks
- Do not ever throw fireworks at people, animals, or vehicles
- If a firework does not fully function do not try and relight it
- Never attempt to make your own fireworks
- Do not allow children without adult supervision to buy fireworks
- Never set off fireworks within 600 feet of a church, a hospital, an asylum, a childcare center, or a public or private school or college unless you receive written authorization to do so.
- Never use fireworks inside a building without a permit from the fire marshal