Friday, December 23, 2011

Guillen Encourages Holiday Fireworks Safety

AUSTIN — With the holiday season in full swing, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Starr County) today reminded South Texans of the importance of fireworks safety during this time of year. Lighting fireworks can be a fun activity for families and friends to take part in during the winter holidays, but with that fun comes responsibility and necessary safety precautions.

"The National Council on Fireworks Safety states that you should only buy consumer fireworks from a licensed store or stand and never buy fireworks from an individual’s house or from someone on the street," said Rep. Guillen. "Also, it's crucial that all firework activities be done under close adult supervision in safe areas away from dry grass and buildings."

You can help ensure a safe holiday fireworks experience for you, your family, and neighbors this year by following these tips:

  • Never experiment with homemade or altered fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outdoors.
  • Keep a bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby.
  • Light one firework at a time and then move back quickly after lighting it.
  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals.

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