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Plan Ahead for Fireworks Safety

All fireworks are illegal in the City of Pflugerville. Even in the few unincorporated places where they are generally legal, they are still dangerous. So work together as a family this year to reduce your risks by following these safety tips! Better yet, leave the fireworks to the professionals at a show like the Pfirecracker Pfestival or the 4th Fest in Wells Branch.

Respect Your Neighbors

This year, July 4th falls on a weeknight when many families will be working the next day. Keep in mind that the sound of fireworks can be very stressful for some veterans and others who experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It also scares many dogs and other pets.

Make Fireworks a Family Activity

-  Before the holiday, make a point to discuss fireworks safety with everyone in your family to decrease the chance of someone getting hurt.

-  Never let children purchase fireworks without parents there — even older kids.

-  Insist on adult supervision whenever fireworks are being lit – even for older kids. Children age 10 to 14 years old actually get the second-most number of fireworks burns and injuries, right behind preschoolers and toddlers!

-  Kids who are younger than kindergarten-age should never be allowed to hold any fireworks on their own, including sparklers. Sparklers reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees, which is hot enough to melt metal. Give little kids glow-sticks instead. Pass the sparklers to much older kids and adults to carefully light ONE at a time – ideally wearing gloves.

Obey the Law: CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE

For your safety, remember that within the City of Pflugerville there is ZERO TOLERANCE against fireworks all year round – including buying, selling, carrying, building, and lighting fireworks. This includes ALL fireworks - even sparklers and firecrackers. Within city limits, the Pflugerville Police Dept. enforces fireworks laws. Violators may be issued a Class C misdemeanor citation. To report concerns, call the police non-emergency number at 512-251-4004. PROFESSIONALS: The City makes a limited exception for pyrotechnic shows/displays that entertain the general public. A permit from Travis County ESD No. 2 is always required at least 2 weeks before the show; call us at 512-251-2801 for the form and more information.

Obey the Law: UNINCORPORATED TRAVIS COUNTY

Fireworks in unincorporated areas are generally allowed per state law, unless a fireworks ban is in place due to dry conditions. But they are still AGAINST the law to use on or around school property and Travis County parks. They’re also not legal on Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (MUD) property, which includes all MUD facilities, parks, trails, greenbelts, the Pond, drainage detention areas, the veloway, and the grassy area located at Robert I. Walker and Charla Circle. For after-hours concerns or questions about fireworks in unincorporated Travis County, call the Sheriff's dispatch number at 512-974-0845 then press Option 3. For general questions during regular business hours, call the Fire Marshal at 512-854-4621.

Preparing to Light Fireworks

-  Only light fireworks OUTSIDE on a flat surface that’s far from any homes or buildings. Don’t light fireworks near dry grass or leaves – you can catch them on fire.

-  Before you light a firework, take a good look around to be sure there aren’t any people or pets in range of possibly getting hurt.

-  Don’t lean over firework devices or place your hand over them when lighting. Immediately back up as far as you can after lighting! The body parts that suffer the most fireworks injuries are fingers, hands, eyes, face, and ears.

Safely Disposing of Fireworks

-  Don’t try to re-light fireworks that didn’t work on the first try! Leave them alone, then thoroughly soak them in water with a bucket or hose before you try to handle them.

-  Double-wrap ALL fireworks in plastic before throwing them in the trash. The same is true for a firework you find sitting on the ground that looks like it’s been used. It may still be active and could re-ignite in your hand or pocket.

-  Fireworks are poisonous to pets. Symptoms may include vomiting, a painful abdomen, and bloody diarrhea. Be sure not to leave behind any used fireworks where pets (yours or someone else’s) spend time.

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