The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging residents to prioritize safety when using fireworks this holiday season. (Courtesy Pexels)
While the use of fireworks in permitted in the unincorporated portions Harris County, cities may have regulations barring such use within city limits.
Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen cautioned the danger of using fireworks irresponsibly.
“Fireworks can cause injuries and start fires if not used properly,” Christensen said in a news release. “Sparklers may seem safe, but sparklers burn more than six times hotter than boiling water. Consider ringing in 2022 with fireworks alternatives, such as glow sticks, or attending a professional fireworks display.”
Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office officials offered the following safety tips for residents planning to use consumer fireworks:
- Ensure fireworks are legal in your community.
- Read and follow the directions and warning labels on fireworks packaging.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Do not point fireworks at homes, buildings or people.
- Never consume alcohol or drugs while shooting fireworks.
- Make sure there is a bucket of water or water source nearby for emergencies.
- Soak used fireworks prior to disposing of them in the trash.
- Be considerate of neighbors when it comes to noise and the trash left behind.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office also permits professional fireworks displays. The following county-approved fireworks displays are scheduled to take place at midnight on Dec. 31:
- The Lakehouse at Towne Lake, 10000 Towne Lake Parkway, Cypress
- Generation Park, 250 Assay St., Houston
- Fallbrook Church, 12512 Walters Road, Houston
- Ferris Airport, 9430 N. Main St., Baytown
Officials noted consumer fireworks may be sold from Dec. 20 until midnight Jan. 1. Complaints regarding the sale or illegal use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Harris County can be made by calling 281-999‐2200 or emailing [email protected].
For additional information on fireworks, contact the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office at 713-274‐1700, or visit www.hcfmo.net.