Harris County Fire Marshal's Safety Reminder for the 4th of July Fireworks Season

Harris County Fire Marshal's Safety Reminder for the 4th of July Fireworks Season

June 27 2023

Firework sales officially began Saturday, June 24, 2023. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone of the importance of practicing firework safety if choosing to use consumer fireworks. Attending a professional public display is always a safe and enjoyable option.

“Fireworks can cause injuries and start fires if not used properly,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. “If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please read the cautionary labels and dispose of your fireworks properly. Sparklers may seem safe, but sparklers burn more than six times hotter than boiling water. A professional public fireworks display is a great way to celebrate and enjoy fireworks with your family and friends."

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages everyone to follow these recommended safety tips:

  • Know and 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.
  • Ensure there is a bucket of water or water source nearby for emergencies, and soak used fireworks before disposing of them in the trash.
  • Be considerate of neighbors regarding noise and the trash left behind.
  • Pets and fireworks don’t mix. The loud noises can cause pets to become anxious or afraid.

Consumer fireworks can be sold from June 24 until midnight on July 4. Complaints regarding the sale or illegal use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Harris County can be made by emailing fmosupport@fmo.hctx.net.

For additional information on fireworks, contact the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office at (713) 274‐1700, or visit www.hcfmo.net.

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