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Fireworks

Firework Safety Information

Annually just under 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks. Parents need to be especially vigilant during this period; ensuring children do not possess illegal fireworks or mishandle legal ones. The Travis County Fire Marshal strongly recommends that you: LEAVE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS! If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them, follow these safety tips.

Before you shoot

  • DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN BUY FIREWORKS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION
  • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Find a smooth, flat surface -- away from the house and other buildings, or dry leaves and grass
  • Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire
  • ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION!

When you're ready to shoot

  • NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH OR IGNITE FIREWORKS
  • Always read and follow label directions, warnings, and instructions
  • Be considerate of your neighbors
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors, and away from houses and other buildings
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never try to re-Iight fireworks that have not fully functioned
  • Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers can cause serious burns
  • Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle, or animal
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Dispose of spent fireworks properly

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:20 AM


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