Over 9,500 people were injured from fireworks in 2004, most of those injuries happened around the Fourth of July. The holiday is only a few days away, and even though it's a time to relax and spend time with friends and family, it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful, and costly if you don't abide by the law.
As firework enthusiasts stock up, officials prepare for what could be a busy holiday.
"Each year across the nation, there's about 10,000 fireworks related injuries. Some of these are pretty severe; a lot of them involve hands, a lot of them involve the face and the eyes, so we're also concerned about safety of the citizens," Bart Humphreys with the College Station Fire Department said.
In 2004 the highest injury rates were for children aged five to nine. Sparklers and similar novelties accounted for 40 percent of all emergency room injuries.
"Fireworks are just like anything else, you got to use common sense. And people get hurt with cars, people get hurt fishing, you just have to use common sense," Wayne Whitmier with Fireworks Warehouse said.
Topping the list of rules to follow, only use fireworks where they're allowed.
Both Bryan and College Station have a city ordinance that makes possession or use of fireworks inside the city or within 5000 feet of the city limits illegal. And if you don't follow the rules you could face up to a $2,000 fine.
"So anybody that purchases fireworks should proceed on further out of town in order to use their fireworks," Humphreys said.
Brazos County missed the deadline to ban fireworks, but a burn ban remains in affect.
"The best suggestion is to enjoy fireworks by going to see a professional fire works show," Humphreys said.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
Always read and follow label directions
Always have an adult present
Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
Only ignite fireworks outdoors
Be sure to have water handy
Never experiment or attempt to make your own firework
Light only one at a time
Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
Never give fireworks to small children
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
Dispose of fireworks properly
Never throw fireworks at another person
Never carry fireworks in your pocket