BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – The Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office said the Fourth of July fireworks sales period will run through the holiday without restrictions on the sale or use in unincorporated Bexar County.
The sales period officially began Tuesday, officials said.
"Earlier this year, we were fortunate to have an abundance of rainfall," Fire Marshal Louis Chris Lopez said. "However, that also means there is abundant vegetation on the ground, which provides fuel for fires to spread as that fuel is now starting to dry out. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display put on by professionals."
Officials said residents who use consumer fireworks should follow these tips to avoid causing injuries and damage to property:
- 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. Officials said 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.
Officials said 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.
The Fire Marshal's Office said Lopez also wanted to remind residents that arson charges can be brought against a person who recklessly causes a fire, regardless of the person's intent.
The Bexar County Public Safety Communications Center will operate a fireworks hotline from July 2 through July 5, officials said. Residents who see unsafe or illegal uses of fireworks are asked to call 210-335-FIRE. Medical emergencies or fires caused by fireworks should be reported by calling 911.
Visit the Fire Marshal's Office webpages at bexar.org for information about the potential fire danger within Bexar County.
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