Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are sold in Harris County, Texas during a ten-day period leading up to Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. Careless use of fireworks can cause serious injuries and fires. Here are some safety tips are in order to help keep you out of Cypress Creek EMS Ambulances over those holidays.

“Professional fireworks displays are a great way for residents to safely enjoy fireworks, but with the spread of COVID-19 we are also encouraging everyone to practice social distancing and to wear masks,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. “If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please read the cautionary labels and dispose of your fireworks properly.”

The following safety tips are provided by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

  • Follow the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your community
  • NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH OR IGNITE FIREWORKS
  • Always read and follow label directions, warnings, and instructions
  • Be considerate of your neighbors when it comes to noise and the trash left behind
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors, and away from houses and other buildings
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned
  • Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers can cause serious burns
  • Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle, or animal
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Make sure there is a bucket of water or water source nearby for emergencies and to soak used fireworks prior to disposing of them in the trash.
  • Pets and fireworks don’t mix. The loud noises can cause pets to become anxious or afraid.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office inspects fireworks stands for violations and monitors public fireworks displays.

IMG_0066Please call 281-999-2200 or email fmosupport@fmo.hctx.net to report the illegal sale or use of fireworks. For additional information from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office call (713) 274‐1700, or visit www.hcfmo.net.

Even though Fireworks are legal in Harris County, a person may NOT:

  • Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization; You must have the written permission with you at the site, and available for inspection by any peace officer or fire marshal.
  • Sell at retail, explode, or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed.
  • Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold
  • Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle.
  • Place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle.
  • Use fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effects inside any building without a permit from the County Fire Marshal.

Additional Resources
List of Public Displays
Harris County Fireworks Rules — Chapter 5609 
Common Fireworks Violations
NFPA Fireworks Tip Sheet
NFPA Video