As Texans from around the state make plans of picnics with family and friends, parades through town squares and fireworks displays after dark, Texas A&M Forest Service urges caution with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires, and fireworks.
“According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the most fires reported than on any other day and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires — more than any other cause of a fire,” TFS Mitigation and Prevention Department Head Bruce Woods said.
Due to the recent rains in May and June, the potential for wildfire has decreased across much of the state. However, Texas A&M Forest Service encourages everyone to use caution and stay safe this Independence Day.
“Though the rains have helped decrease wildfire potential, it has produced a lot of tall grass across the state this summer. It’s best to play it safe and avoid these areas for your fireworks fun; especially when using aerials,” Tom Spencer, TFS predictive services department head said.
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: County government determine burn bans and fireworks restrictions. Texas A&M Forest Service does not take a position on the use of fireworks, nor does the agency determine, set or lift restrictions.