Use of fireworks in Lubbock County punishable up to $1,000 fine

Use of fireworks in Lubbock County punishable up to $1,000 fine

The Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management in coordination with Lubbock County Fire departments are notifying citizens there is no mandatory restriction on the sale or use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Lubbock County for the 2019 Fourth of July Season.

However, as defined by Texas State Law, there are Fireworks Bans in many Municipality, and Special District.

The possession and use of fireworks in Lubbock is illegal and punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.

The legal age to purchase fireworks is 16.

 

Here are a few Fireworks safety tips provided by Lubbock County Emergency Management:

· Obey all local fireworks laws. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

· Don’t buy fireworks in brown paper packaging, they may have been made for professional displays and are dangerous to consumers.

· Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels, or fire extinguisher nearby.

· Do not hold lit fireworks, other than sparklers.

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

· Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. The container may shatter, causing serious injury or death.

· Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.

· Embers from sparklers are very hot and will burn skin and fabrics.

· Sparklers burn at a temperature near 2,000 degrees and the wire and sticks of sparklers will stay hot long after the sparkler has gone out. Never toss sparklers     on the ground. They may catch dry grass and leaves on fire. Put spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.

· Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time or hand a lighted sparkler to another person.

· Never experiment with, modify, combine, or create your own fireworks. Never try to re-light a firework that did not function

· Put spent fireworks into a bucket of water or sand to put them completely out.

· When finished, clean up all fireworks debris.

Fireworks and children:

· Never allow young children to play with or light fireworks.

· Children should never be left unattended around fireworks, matches, or lighters.

· Many fireworks have age information printed on the packaging, similar to toys. Purchase and use only age appropriate fireworks for your children.

· Children under 12 should not use sparklers or any other fireworks without very close adult supervision.

· Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.

 

See the links below for more information about consumer firework safety.

Texas Department of Insurance Fireworks Safety Tips Factsheet English. http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/videoresource/fsfireworks.pdf

Texas Department of Insurance Fireworks Safety Tips Factsheet Spanish. http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/videoresourcessp/spfsfireworks.pdf

Consumer Products Safety Commission Fireworks Information Center

https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

 

For additional information and / or questions, please contact Clinton Thetford, Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator at 806 775-7300 or cthetford@co.lubbock.tx.us.

 

 

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