HOUSTON (CW39) — This 4th of July calls for safety when it comes to fireworks. However, now that a burn ban is in effect for Harris County ahead of the holiday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is calling for extended safety measure due to the drought.

If you are not in Harris County and are around fireworks, here are some fireworks safety tips to keep in mind while sparking up the holiday:

  • Fireworks may not be shot within 600 feet of a church, hospital, day care center or school
  • Fireworks may not be shot within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or fireworks are stored and may not be thrown from a motor vehicle
  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Never give fireworks to small children — fireworks are not toys
  • Buy from reliable sellers
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks
  • Use outdoors only
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket)
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can