Fireworks safety

“As the New Year approaches, many of you will be celebrating the holiday with fireworks,” said Atascosa County Fire Marshal, Todd Perna, “While Atascosa County is not currently under a burn ban, I’d like to take this time to remind you all that fireworks are not allowed to be shot off in any of the incorporated cities within the county. Fireworks are permitted to be used in a safe manner in the unincorporated areas of the county, only.”

Perna would like to remind you of basic safety precautions that should always be taken when using fireworks.

• Always buy fireworks from an established retail outlet.

• Always read and follow label directions.

• Always have an adult present.

• Ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away from houses, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

• Keep water handy for fires and emergencies.

• Never experiment or attempt to make homemade fireworks.

• Light only one firework at a time.

• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks; soak them in water and throw away.

• Never give fireworks to small children.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Never throw fireworks at another person.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Wear eye protection when shooting fireworks.

• After shooting them, soak fireworks in water before putting them in the trash.

Perna said, “Every year, fireworks are a leading cause of fires. If you witness fireworks being used improperly, or being used within city limits, please contact your local law enforcement agency. I wish each of you a safe and happy New Year.”

Todd Perna, Atascosa County Fire Marshal / Asst. Emergency Management Coordinator can be reached at: Office: 830- 769-2029 Cell: 830-200- 9807 or Email: firemarshal@ atascosacounty.texas. gov.

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