BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – The Bexar County Fire Marshal announced Tuesday that they will be offering a fireworks hotline for residents of unincorporated county areas to report the illegal or unsafe use of fireworks.
The hotline will be open until 4 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.
The number to call is (210) 335-FIRE (3473). If an actual medical or fire emergency results from fireworks however, residents should instead call 911.
Residents are also being asked by the Bexar County Fire Marshal to follow the following safety guidelines:
- Always read and follow manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions.
- Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- 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 licensed seller.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re‐light 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 also important to note that it is illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school or church; and within 100 feet of a gas station; and to discharge fireworks at or from a motor vehicle.
To report the illegal use of fireworks inside the city limits, call the San Antonio Fire Department at 210-207-0202. That hotline will be open on December 31st from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.