Harris County Fire Marshal Encourages Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are beautiful but are very dangerous if not used properly. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages anyone who chooses to use consumer fireworks to practice fireworks safety or find alternative ways to celebrate.
“Fireworks safety is paramount as we continue to battle COVID-19,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. “If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please read the cautionary labels and dispose of your fireworks properly. Doctors, nurses and first responders are still working hard fighting COVID-19 and we do not want fireworks injuries adding to their already tough jobs.”

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to follow these recommended safety tips:

  • Follow the law. Make sure 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 and to 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.
  • Pets and fireworks don’t mix. The loud noises can cause pets to become anxious or afraid.

Sparklers may seem safe, but sparklers burn more than six times hotter than boiling water. Consider ringing in 2021 with fireworks alternatives, such as glow sticks.

Consumer fireworks can be sold from Dec. 20 until midnight on January 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 fmosupport@fmo.hctx.net.
For additional information on fireworks contact the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office at (713) 274‐1700, or visit www.hcfmo.net.

Additional Resources
Harris County Fireworks Rules — Chapter 5609 
Common Fireworks Violations
NFPA Fireworks Tip Sheet
NFPA Video