January 1, 2020
Fireworks Safety for the Holiday
New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Bexar County offices will be closed January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.
Residents who use consumer fireworks should follow these tips to avoid causing injuries and damage to property:
It is illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school, or church; and within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station for flammable or combustible liquids; and to discharge fireworks at or from a motor vehicle.
- Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.
- Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.
- Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.
- Always read and follow manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions.
- Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
- Only use fireworks outdoors. It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Make sure you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
Medical emergencies or fires caused by fireworks should be reported by calling 911.