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Fireworks Safety Tips from Williamson County’s Fire Marshal's Office

  • 25 June 2019
  • Author: Lauren Gammon
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Fireworks Safety Tips from Williamson County’s Fire Marshal's Office

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people are asking where consumer fireworks can legally be used in Williamson County. Most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits. If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks. To check an interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area, go to this link: https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap.

Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area. There is not a fireworks’ ban or burn ban in place for unincorporated areas of Williamson County; however, fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks.

Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them.

The Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office has these tips for keeping you safe:

If you are using fireworks in a non-restricted area in the county, remember these safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

For more fireworks safety tips and information on fireworks code, please visit the Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office webpage on Fireworks: https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Fire-Marshal/Fireworks

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