Firework sales have begun in the Houston area leading up to New Year's Eve, and there are a few things to know before buying.

The Houston Fire Department is reminding residents that fireworks are not only illegal within city limits, they can also be dangerous.

The city will continue to enforce regulations within the city. If you are caught discharging fireworks, you could face fines of up to $2,000 for each individual firework.

If you live in unincorporated Harris County, remember there are some places where popping fireworks is prohibited, for example near churches, hospitals, or schools without written authorization.

Officials with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office are encouraging residents to consider a public firework event this year.

"Professional fireworks displays are a great way for citizens to safely enjoy fireworks," Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery said. "If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting fireworks. Fireworks can be dangerous if not used properly."

Here are nine tips officials want residents to remember:

1. Follow the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your community.
2. Read and follow the directions and warning labels on fireworks packaging.
3. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
4. Light only one firework at a time.
5. Do not point fireworks at homes, buildings, or people.
6. Never consume alcohol or drugs while shooting fireworks.
7. Make sure there is a bucket or water source nearby for emergencies.
8. Be considerate of neighbors when it comes to noise and the trash left behind.
9. Pets and fireworks don't mix. The loud noises can cause pets to become anxious or afraid.

From ABC13