HOUSTON -

The fireworks season is underway now through New Year’s Day.

The start of the season always starts off with a bang for members of the Cypress Springs High School band.

Students and boosters volunteer their time to work at TopDog Fireworks and in return, they get a portion of all the sales to help fund scholarships and uniforms.

As people celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with fireworks, it’s also important time to review safety measures.

Experts remind people that fireworks, even sparklers, are potentially dangerous and can lead to burns, vision loss and death.

Safety experts say you should never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. They say the person lighting the fireworks should also wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

The fireworks sales season runs December 20 through midnight on January 1.

TodDog Fireworks provided these additional safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.  Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Buy from reliable sellers.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  • Stay away from illegal explosives. Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework. (Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • If necessary to store fireworks, keep them in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • And remember, always be courteous to your neighbors and pick up your debris.