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Fireworks Safety Tips From Williamson County Fire Marshal's Office In Advance Of Holidays

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  • 17 December 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries. It is crucial that people check with their local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them.   

 For those still interested in using fireworks, the Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office has these tips for keeping everyone safe:  

Before you shoot: 

1.       DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN BUY FIREWORKS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION 

2.       Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers 

3.       Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks 

4.       Store fireworks in a cool, dry place 

5.       Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves, or grass 

6.       Be sure you have a bucket of water or a water hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire 

7.       ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION 

8.       Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph 

When you’re ready to shoot: 

1.       NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH OR IGNITE FIREWORKS 

2.       Always read and follow label directions, warnings, and instructions 

3.       Be considerate of your neighbors 

4.       Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from houses and outbuildings 

5.       Light only one firework at a time 

6.       Never re-light a “dud” firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly 

7.       Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers cause serious burns 

8.       Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks 

9.       Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle, or animal 

10.   Never carry fireworks in your pocket 

11.   Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers  

12.   Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day 

For more information about the potential fire danger within Williamson County, please visit the Fire Marshal’s Office webpages at https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Fire-Marshal. 

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