Fireworks safety tips

SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts is asking residents to follow simple safety guidelines when it comes to the personal use of fireworks.
Even in the best weather conditions, there is still the danger of setting a fire when using fireworks.
Users should follow the following tips to avoid causing damage to their property, the property of others and for personal safety reasons:
Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.
Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.
Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.
Always read and follow manufacturer's recommendations and instructions.
Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
Only use fireworks outdoors. It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.
Always have plenty of water available to extinguish a fire should one start.
Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Make sure you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never relight a "dud" firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
Wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
It is illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school or church; and within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station for flammable or combustible liquids; and to discharge fireworks at or from a motor vehicle.


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