It’s that time of year again and fireworks stands are opening up to folks for the July 4th holiday weekend.
But remember that fireworks are dangerous and not permitted within city limits.
“It’s against the city ordinance to use fireworks in the city of Stephenville,” said Fire Marshal Cody Derrick. “That includes every type, except for sparklers, those are not considered fireworks.”
Even with sparklers, folks need to be aware that they are still dangerous before lighting them.
“We caution people to be very careful with sparklers, they burn at approximately 1200 degrees,” Derrick said.
To put that in perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees.
The high temperature and explosion combination of fireworks can lead to severe bodily injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2014 report, an estimated 7,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospitals during the one-month period between June 20, 2014 - July 20, 2014.
“At the City of Stephenville Fire Department we do not promote or condone the use of fireworks. We would like people to go see a professional show,” he said. “We also want people to be careful because, on average, there are 20,000 fires a year.”
The Stephenville Fire Department does receive a lot of calls on the 4th of July, primarily related to people using fireworks where they’re not suppose to.
“We generally spend a lot of time chasing firework calls, but the majority of them are done by the time we get there,” Derrick said.
The amount of rainfall Erath County has received has kept the moisture level high, which will hopefully help prevent any major fire breakouts.