Oh yes, it is time to light up the skies of West Texas with fireworks, but you need to remember some safety and legal tips in order to have a safe 4th of July.

First and foremost, it is illegal to have or shoot off fireworks in the city limits. You get caught, say bye-bye to $1,000 dollars. Besides I have almost had the roof of my garage burned off due to careless folks shooting fireworks off in the street. Just don’t do it!

And from our friends at the Consumer Product Safety Commission we have some helpful safety tips:

  •    Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
    • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers.
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
    • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
    • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
    • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

So be safe out there this 4th of July!