14 safety tips when using fireworks this Fourth of July

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As the Fourth of July approaches, the Williamson County fire marshal’s office encouraged residents to check city ordinances on where and when consumer fireworks can legally be used, according to a news release.

Most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near city limits, but residents can check with the city or local fire department, as well as refer to the county map, prior to purchasing or discharging fireworks, the release said.

Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area, the release said. There is not a ban on fireworks or a burn ban in place for unincorporated areas of Williamson County; however, fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks, according to the release.

Here are firework safety tips for nonrestricted areas in the county:

  • never allow young children to handle fireworks;
  • older children should use them only under close adult supervision;
  • never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol;
  • anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear;
  • never hold lighted fireworks in your hands;
  • never light them indoors;
  • only use them away from people, houses and flammable material;
  • never point or throw fireworks at another person;
  • only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting;
  • never ignite devices in a container;
  • do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks;
  • soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding;
  • keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that do not go off or in case of fire; and
  • never use illegal fireworks.

For more safety tips and information on fireworks code, visit the fireworks web page of the Williamson County fire marshal’s office, www.wilco.org/departments/fire-marshal/fireworks.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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