June 26, 2014 – 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.
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.
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.
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