Don’t shoot fireworks this Fourth of July before reading this

When it’s the Fourth of July there’s nothing you want more than to watch colorful explosions in the sky.

There are a few things you should definitely keep in mind before getting your firework show started, however. From the National Council on Fireworks Safety, don’t forget...:

  • Follow all local laws regarding firework use. It is illegal to possess, sell, buy and use fireworks within 5,000 feet of Austin’s city limits, according to the Austin Fire Department. If you’re caught with fireworks the fine is $568, and if your fireworks caused any injuries or damages you can be charged with assault or arson. Here’s a list of the only legal fireworks in Austin.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors. Fireworks should be shot in a clear area far away from trees or foliage, vehicles and buildings. 
  • Don’t relight. If a firework doesn’t go off wait 20 minutes before soaking it in water and disposing of it in a metal trashcan. 
  • Do not make your own fireworks. This is not a Pinterest DIY. Additionally, be sure to read all directions on packaged fireworks thoroughly before igniting. 
  • Don’t pocket that. A bad way to carry fireworks is in your pocket. 
  • A little protection goes a long way. You might not be coolest kid at the firework show if you don safety goggles, but you’ll be the safest and that’s cool! 
  • Keep your fur buddies safe, too. Pets and fireworks do not mix. On top of the noise, which can cause many pets distress, you risk injuring an animal that gets in the way of the show. 

READ: Fireworks and insurance

If you’re looking for a really safe firework option you can always leave it to the professionals. Catch one of these planned shows in and around Austin, and have a happy Fourth!

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