What you need to know about firework safety for Fourth of July

HOUSTON – Officials informed Houston residents on how to stay safe ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.

The Houston Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office held a news conference at 10 a.m. regarding fireworks.

During that conference, people were reminded that fireworks are dangerous and illegal to use within city limits and some parts of Harris County.

If you plan on setting off fireworks, follow these safety guidelines:

  • Follow the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your community.
  • Read and follow the directions and warning labels on fireworks packaging.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Do not point fireworks at homes, buildings or people.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs while shooting fireworks.
  • Make sure there is a bucket of water or water source nearby for emergencies.
  • Be considerate of neighbors when it comes to noise and the trash left behind.
  • Pets and fireworks don’t mix. The loud noises can cause pets to become anxious or afraid.

Residents are asked to report the illegal use of selling or use of fireworks in unincorporated areas of Harris County at 281-999-2200 or email fmosupport@fmo.hctx.net.

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