COLLEGE STATION, Texas – There are many ways to celebrate July 4th, and while sitting by the campfire, grilling a favorite dish, or using fireworks are common activities – they could spark a wildfire.
According to Texas A&M Forest Service Prevention Specialist Jan Amen, 90 percent of wildfires are started by humans, so it is imperative to be mindful of the risk of starting a fire – even with recent rainfall.
“In Texas there are currently no areas of concern over the holiday but it’s still important locally to be careful with the use of fireworks,” Texas A&M Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer said. “It’s still possible to start a fire.”
Due to the recent rains in May and June the potential for wildfire has decreased across much of the state. However, TFS encourages everyone to use caution and stay safe this Independence Day.
Fireworks safety tips:
- Before you celebrate, always check with local government officials to ensure fireworks and outdoor burning are allowed in your county. Be sure to comply with all restrictions.
- Read and follow all warnings and instruction labels on fireworks.
- Use fireworks only under close adult supervision and in safe areas away from structures, dry grass and brush.
- Keep a hose, bucket of water and wet towels nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
- Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
Note: Burn bans and fireworks restrictions are determined by county government. Texas A&M Forest Service does not take a position on the use of fireworks, nor does the agency determine, set or lift restrictions.
Jan Amen, Fire Prevention Specialist
Texas A&M Forest Service Communications
[via Texas A&M Forest Service]