Authorities in Duncanville have advised against firing ammunition into the air in celebration this holiday weekend.
Though bullets fired into the air usually fall back at slower speeds than their firing velocity, falling bullets and fragments can post a serious hazard, police said.
Bullets fired at angles less than vertical, or in an arc, can be even more dangerous. Debris can fall to earth and pierce the outer shell of building roofs, or worse.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind for the Fourth of July:
- Keep your grill away from overhanging branches, grass, and other dry or flammable areas.
- Never grill under a tent, canopy or in a garage.
- Don't leave the grill unattended.
- Using long utensils and don't wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Always keep children and pets at least three feet away.
- It never hurts to keep a garden hose or bucket of water close by.
- Stay hydrated, especially when drinking alcohol outside.
- Always have a designated driver.