Without a doubt, fireworks are a fun and important part of any Fourth of July celebration, but it’s important to pay attention to safety and the Texas firework laws if you want to avoid serious injury (and maybe a trip to jail).
First, let’s talk about a few rules for fireworks here in Texas. First, be aware that, while state laws for fireworks are a good place to start, individual towns and cities often have more restrictive than those of the state. That being said, here are a few key guidelines to help you enjoy your Independence Day:
- Bottle rockets are banned. I know, I’m sad as well, but I don’t like fines.
- You have to be 16 years of age or older to buy them, so don’t send your grade-school-aged kid to buy them for you.
- You cannot set them off on public property (e.g. streets or parks), and you cannot set them off within 600 feet of a church, school, day care center, or hospital.
- No setting off fireworks when a burn ban is in effect.
Kids and fireworks seem to be a common theme between safety tips and the laws governing things that go boom. The fact is, around half of all firework-related injuries each year are to children, so please exercise extreme caution when using fireworks around kids.
Another safety point deals with where you choose to use fireworks. Be mindful you don’t set them off around flammable items, including dry grass, canopies, and propane tanks. Also, be mindful of the direction you pointing your fireworks, as they can often end up going where you least expect.
Next, wear the proper safety gear. Avoid loose, flammable clothing, and use eye protection. Also, flip-flops are a bad choice of footwear when operating fireworks – instead, opt for close-toed shoes.
Lastly, keep a fire extinguisher handy. No matter how well you plan, fires can happen, so it’s good to be prepared.
You Really Can Celebrate Responsibly
While we hope this article has been helpful, please refer to local, state, and federal authorities for complete information about the fireworks laws for your area.
Be safe, y’all, and have some fun on the Fourth of July!