The Fourth of July is around the corner which means many people will head out to enjoy some fun. Texas Fire Marshal Chris Connealy is warning people that fireworks are explosives that can be dangerous and cause fires and injuries to people.

“Sparklers, for example, burn at 1,200 degrees,” Connealy said. “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.

Last year in 2015, there were 272 fires caused by fireworks in the State of Texas. This resulted in $164,602 in damage to property, this was a decrease compared to other years.

To help continue this downward trend, the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a couple of tips to make your Fourth of July celebration safer:

• Make sure an adult is present during fireworks use. Children should not handle fireworks.
• Do not drink alcohol before shooting off fireworks.
• Read all directions and warnings on individual products.
• Use fireworks on a hard, level surface.
• Use fireworks in a clear, open area. Never shoot fireworks indoors and avoid shooting fireworks in an area where there is dry grass or brush. Shoot fireworks away from homes and other flammable materials.
• Purchase fireworks only from a licensed and approved dealer.
• Do not point or throw fireworks at people.
• Have a bucket of water, garden hose or other water source available for emergencies.

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