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Celebrate the 4th safely

Lighting the sky is a Fourth of July tradition. While you can’t shoot fireworks within Georgetown city limits, here are safety tips you should follow to ensure a safe, happy holiday wherever you celebrate:

Be aware of your surroundings.   Use fireworks only on a hard, level surface in a clear open area that is void of homes, dry brush and dry grasses.

Never mix alcohol and fireworks.

Know your firework.   Many fireworks are different. Read the instructions on the labels. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Think about personal safety.   Don’t hold them when you shoot them off. Keep ample water nearby.

Always supervise children or teenagers.   Studies show an increase in injuries among youth who used fireworks unsafely to impress friends or to get a laugh.

Think about others’ safety.   Do not shoot fireworks at someone else or in crowded areas. Never give a firework to a child. Note noise-sensitive neighbors, such as the elderly or veterans who may suffer from PTSD. Also, don’t forget the furry neighbors. Make sure pets are safely indoors!

Dispose of fireworks properly.   Place all spent fireworks in a metal trash can and wet down. Keep away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Don’t start lighting the fireworks before checking:

City limit restrictions.   Did you know that fireworks are not allowed to be shot within 5000 feet of Georgetown City Limits? All of our tips and warnings should be followed in non-restricted areas.

Burn bans.   In 2015, there were 272 fires caused by fireworks in Texas. Fireworks are prohibited during a burn ban, so be sure to check the county website for burn ban information.

For more information about Georgetown’s 4th of July firework display, visit http://www.georgetownsertoma.org/4thofjuly.

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