Fireworks are great fun. Here is some information to help your celebration remain a safe one!
- Approximately 10,000 people are treated in hospitals every year for injuries resulting from mishandled fireworks, over 3,000 of these usually are children. Also, several fatalities occur each year from fireworks.
- Cities in Bell County prohibit the lighting of fireworks inside city limits. Outside city limits in Bell County, fireworks may only be lit on private property with the permission of the property owner. County, state, and federal government lands (i.e., parks) are off limits for fireworks.
- Always read and FOLLOW directions on the label.
- Always have an adult present to supervise the fireworks activity.
- Always buy from a reliable fireworks dealer.
- Alcohol and fireworks do NOT mix.
- Always use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and trees.
- Always keep a water hose, bucket of water or fire extinguisher close by in case something catches fire, or in case of a malfunction or misfire.
- Always store your fireworks safely (preferably in a closed box) away from any source of accidental ignition.
- Always store your fireworks in a cool dry place.
- Only light one item at a time.
- Never try to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never give ANY firework item to small children.
- Light fireworks a safe distance away from buildings or combustible/flammable areas. Remember, some fireworks are designed to fly a long distance.
- Always ensure that people are a safe distance from the fireworks being fired.
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot/fire fireworks from metal or glass containers.
- Never experiment, modify or attempt to make your own fireworks.
One more thing to remember:
- PETS are frightened by loud noises and bright flashes. Keep your pets indoors while enjoying your fireworks.
page last modified on: 5/7/2013