As Dallas families gear up to celebrate our nation’s heritage this weekend, selling firework at stands on the outskirts of town are in full swing. Fireworks can be a lot of fun. They can also be incredibly dangerous.
Dallas Area DIY Firework Regulations
Dallas, Highland Park and many other Dallas-Forth Worth cities have bans against discharging fireworks within city limits. These ordinances may come with a fine of up to $2,000. More importantly, these regulations have been put in place because homes are very close together which increases the risk of fire from fireworks.
You can check your county website for regulations on discharging fireworks in your city and to help you find a safe place to play.
Firework Play Safety Guidelines
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks cause an estimated 17,800 fires in the United States each year. The key to enjoying fireworks is ensuring that adequate supervision and safety precautions are taken.
- Obey local laws regarding fireworks
- Read and follow safety instructions
- Always have a hose or bucket of water ready
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Do not shoot fireworks into containers
- Never relight a “dud” firework
- Spent fireworks should be wetted down after use
- Dispose of fireworks in a metal trash bin
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
- Only use fireworks outdoors
- Only use fireworks in clear areas away from buildings and people
Attending Firework Displays
Dallas is home to many great fireworks displays. From the Fair Park Fourth display to the nationally recognized Kaboomtown in Addison, families looking to enjoy their 4th of July only need to look up!
Many children have fears when it comes to fireworks. The loud noises, bright lights and large crowds can make many children uncomfortable. This is a very common and natural reaction to fireworks and other loud sounds.
Local child psychologists suggest communication is the key to helping your children enjoy the show. Talk openly with them about fireworks, what they are and why they are fun. Unless you feel it’s absolutely necessary, don’t see the show out. Instead, be supportive of your child and talk with them about their fear. Avoiding fireworks only reinforces their fear and can make it worse.
Whether you are lighting the fuse or sitting back to enjoy the show, fireworks can be a safe and fun event for your family this Fourth of July.