Officials urge safety first when using fireworks for New Year's celebration

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 12/29/22

Katy-area residents hoping to begin 2023 with a joyful fireworks kaboom or two are being reminded to do so both safely and outside the Katy city limits.

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Officials urge safety first when using fireworks for New Year's celebration

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Katy-area residents hoping to begin 2023 with a joyful fireworks kaboom or two are being reminded to do so both safely and outside the Katy city limits.

Shooting fireworks inside the Katy city limits is illegal, Katy Fire Marshal Gregg Peterson said. Those celebrating outside the city limits should check with the county where they plan to shoot those fireworks and be aware of any restrictions that might be in effect.

Peterson said people should avoid shooting fireworks near churches, elderly care facilities, hospitals or schools. If shooting on private property, get the property owner’s permission first.

Fireworks shows can be hard for small children and family pets, as they are unused to the noise. Peterson said bringing small children and family pets inside the house, and comforting them as necessary during the fireworks show, can be very helpful.

Shooting fireworks makes for an exciting show, but Peterson said the improper disposal of used fireworks materials can be a potential fire hazard. Peterson recommended that people soak their used fireworks materials with water and put them in separate buckets for disposal. Such buckets can be purchased at home improvement stores, he said.

Peterson recommended that those buckets be kept outside, away from a house or garage. This is because the used fireworks materials could still be smoldering and therefore be a potential fire hazard, he said.

Peterson urged citizens to call the Katy Fire Department’s non-emergency number at 281-391-3500 to report fireworks complaints or issues.

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