Fireworks are a beloved tradition in our community; they bring family and friends out to celebrate the pride we have in our Red, White and Blue. But, it’s important to know that when we gather together to shout out our “”oohs” and “aahs,” we have to keep our eyes on the most important thing of all: safety. Beautiful fireworks displays come with risks that require careful management to ensure safety for all.

Top 6 Things to Do Before Setting Off Fireworks

  1. Prepare to Be Safe! Keep a bucket of water, a hose or a fire extinguisher nearby to quickly douse any unintended fires. It’s also wise to have a first aid kit on hand in case of injuries. Additionally, ensure that all participants and spectators maintain a safe distance from the fireworks launch area.

If someone does get injured, depending on the severity, call 9-1-1 immediately or get the injured person to Faith Community Hospital ER in Jacksboro or the Bowie ER. Minor injuries can be treated at one of Faith’s four rural health clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, Graham or Alvord.

  1. Know the Laws! Each County adheres to Texas state laws governing the sale, purchase and use of fireworks. This includes the designated periods when fireworks can be legally sold and used around Independence Day (June 24 to July 4). Each County may impose additional restrictions, especially during periods of high fire danger.
  1. Pay attention to Fireworks Safety Zones! If you are going to set off fireworks, stay away from buildings, dry grass and other flammable materials. If you are planning to set off fireworks, you need to do everything in your power to prevent accidental fires.
  1. Adults Only, Please! Children can enjoy the spectacle from a safe distance but should never be allowed to light or hold fireworks. Even sparklers, which are often perceived as safe, burn at extremely high temperatures and can cause severe burns. In fact, be aware that, according to Texas law, fireworks cannot be sold to or used by anyone under 16 years of age without adult supervision. Responsible adult supervision is required to ensure safe handling and usage of fireworks.
  2. Not All Fireworks are the Same! The sale and use of certain types of fireworks may be restricted. Generally, consumer fireworks such as fountains, sparklers, and firecrackers are permitted, but more powerful fireworks may require special permits.
  3. Read the Instructions! Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for each firework. Never try to relight a dud; instead, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in water before disposing of it. Do not alter fireworks or combine them to create your own displays, as this can lead to unpredictable and dangerous outcomes. After the celebration, thoroughly inspect the area for any remaining live fireworks or embers. Soak all used fireworks in water before disposing of them to prevent any residual sparks from igniting.

While fireworks can add excitement to July 4th celebrations, prioritizing safety ensures that these events remain enjoyable and free from accidents or fires. By adhering to local regulations, choosing a safe location, preparing adequately and handling fireworks responsibly, you can enjoy the beauty of fireworks while safeguarding our community.

Let’s make sure that all of our loved ones stay safe and sound this Independence Day! Happy 4th!