Fireworks Safety: What You Need to Know




Good to Know:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges the following precautions when handling fireworks:


  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees─hot enough to melt some metals.

  • Always have an adult close by to supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.

  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, which is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.

  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

  • ATF encourages the public to report the manufacture or sale of illegal fireworks to your local law enforcement agencies or to the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662).

    Find their full press release in the link section of this article.


BRAZOS COUNTY - Firework sales are heating up, and safety is on everyone's mind...

"Sort of like gun safety, firecracker safety is about the same," said, Eric Ellsworth, a firecracker customer.

Especially fireworks vendors.

"You can't let anyone smoke anywhere near the place, because it will burn down," said Alan Hill with Mr. W Fire Works off Highway 60.

Hill says the best way to light fireworks isn't necessarily with a lighter...

"You want to make sure you have some punks to light them with, because if you try and use a regular cigarette lighter, you're going to burn your hand."

And as you make your way out to buy fireworks for this Fourth of July, Fire Officials are reminding us to be careful.

"Just use common sense," said Bryan Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Ondrasek.

"Shooting fireworks at one another is very dangerous, holding a firework in your hand while you light it is very dangerous," Ondrasek said.

Make sure you're in a legal area...

"It is illegal to possess or shoot fireworks in the city limits of Bryan/College Station," Ondrasek said.

And just because you're outside the city limits doesn't mean you're in the clear. There's still the threat of damaging closely packed homes and businesses, so the law requires an additional 5,000 feet, or about a mile, of clearance from the city limits to be safe.

"The threat or hazard of causing damage or harm is much greater," Ondrasek said.

And if you are going to light fireworks in a legal area...

"Make sure and have [a] bucket of water or water hose around."

"Even though we do have a lot of...have had a lot of rain, and things are green, things still can catch on fire," Ondrasek said.

And of course, always watch the little ones so that they, too, can have a happy and safe 4th of July.

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