Travis County is not restricting the sale of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county during the upcoming holidays. However, for those who choose to use fireworks, these tips increase safety:
• Buy from reliable fireworks sellers only, and never attempt to make your own fireworks.
• To detonate fireworks, find a flat surface, away from buildings, dry leaves and grass.
• Have water on hand in case of a fire.
• Insist on adult supervision when buying or setting off fireworks.
• Read and follow label directions, warnings and instructions.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never try to re-Iight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Never give fireworks to small children; even sparklers can cause serious burns. The winter retail fireworks season begins December 20 and runs through midnight, January 1. Fireworks are not allowed in Travis County Parks and parks managed by Travis County. The sale and possession of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Austin. To increase safety, the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office recommends attending a public fireworks display, rather than using consumer fireworks. In order for Commissioners Court to restrict fireworks sales, per Local Government Code 352.051, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)* must register as more than 575 on average in the county. The Court must take action by December 15 to regulate restricted fireworks. On December 9, the average KBDI for Travis County was 33, below the restriction qualification. Conditions within the county are such that regulation of fireworks is not available to the Court at this time.*KBDI is an index used to determine forest fire potential by measuring soil moisture within the first eight inches of soil. The index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.
Please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (512) 854-4621 for more information.