The City of Del Rio Fire Department advised citizens to be safe during the Fourth of July events and at-home festivities.
“City of Del Rio Fire Department warns that people often forget that fireworks are explosives, that is, potentially dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can cause fires and injure people,” City of Del Rio Fire Department Chief Deputy David Harrison said.
Harrison added sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees.
“That’s almost six times hotter than boiling water. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers account for 41 percent of fireworks-related injuries,” Harrison said.
In recent years there has been a decrease in fireworks-related fires. In order to help continue the downward trend, the fire department offered some tips to make the Fourth of July festivities safer for everybody.
When using fireworks, some of the recommended tips include making sure an adult is present during fireworks use, reading all the directions and instructions on individual products, using fireworks on a hard, level surface and in a clear, open area and purchasing fireworks only from a licensed and approved dealer.
Adults are advised to not drink alcohol before shooting fireworks off. Parents are advised to not let children handle fireworks.
When firing fireworks, people should not fire them indoors or in an area where there is dry grass or brush.
Harrison said fireworks need to be shot away from houses and flammable materials.
“Do not point or throw fireworks at people,” Harrison said.
With all precautions taken, Harrison added it best to have a bucket of water, garden hose or other water source available for emergencies.
Amistad National Park Area services also released a reminder to the public addressing fireworks are not permitted in the park.