WilCo offers New Year’s Eve fireworks advice

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Family celebrations and the holidays go together, and sometimes that includes fireworks.  Many people will buy and use consumer fireworks to celebrate holidays and ring in the New Year.  If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please do so safely, responsibly, and legally.  

Most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.  If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks There is not a fireworks ban or burn ban in place for unincorporated areas of Williamson County.

Fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them; then, follow these safety tips from the Williamson County Office of Emergency Management.

• Children should never handle fireworks without adult supervision. 

• Only buy reliable fireworks sellers.

• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass.

• Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

• Always read and follow label directions, warnings and instructions.

• Be considerate of your neighbors.

• Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from houses and out buildings.

• 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 cause serious burns.

• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

• Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle or animal.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Dispose of spent fireworks properly.

For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video, please visit www.FireworksSafety.org

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