Although fireworks stands and stores are a frequent sight in the county, residents must check with their local authority having jurisdiction—such as homeowners associations—which may have specific fireworks rules for the community, HCFMO Public Information Officer Rachel Moreno said.
“We encourage citizens to attend public, professional, fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals,” Moreno said. “If you choose to use fireworks, please do so responsibly. Follow all manufacturer's directions, do not consume alcohol, keep a bucket of water close by and do not discard fireworks into trash cans until completely cooled—preferably soaked in water overnight."
The HCFMO inspects about 500 fireworks stands and stores each fireworks sales season, Moreno said.
Citizens are encouraged to report any fire hazard by visiting www.hcfmo.net, calling 281-999-2200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harris County constables are also alert to the dangers that fireworks and impaired drivers present on the holiday weekend.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said his office will have DWI patrols looking for impaired drivers on July 4, and he recommends residents designate a driver, call a cab or stay in place if they are inebriated.
Herman said firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers are the most common causes of injuries during fireworks season, and hands and fingers are the areas most commonly injured in the U.S., according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.