New Year’s Firework Safety Tips and Important Links

Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department wants you to enjoy your New Year’s celebrations safely. We encourage everyone to be cautious and responsible when it comes to fireworks and while we recommend that the you leave fireworks to the professionals we know that there will be some residents who will want to have their own display.

If you decide to celebrate using fireworks, we have a few safety tips to consider.


  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. (See links below)
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. NEVER give explosive fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • ALWAYS have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • DO NOT experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Fireworks are legal in most unincorporated Harris and Fort Bend County.  Please understand a Deputy CANNOT instruct your neighbor to stop discharging fireworks since it is a legal activity. Neighborhood or HOA deed restrictions are not enforceable by law enforcement..If you would like further information regarding fireworks in our area or additional safety tips, please refer to the websites below.

Harris County Fire Marshall Page

Fort Bend County Fire Marshall Page

Houston Fireworks Info

National Fire Protection Association Fireworks Page

For a list of fireworks violations go to…

Fort Bend Common Violation Quick Reference Guide

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