6 Tips for Handling Fireworks That Help Prevent Injury and Fires
The only fire we want to see this 2015 4th of July is awesome fireworks lighting up the sky. The Texas A&M Forest Service urges caution when handling fireworks because when not used right they can potentially cause bodily injury or be the cause of a unwanted, unintentional fire.
Since San Angelo and Tome Green County is not under a ban ban (thank goodness for the rain), and you are outside the city limits, you are good to go. TFS Wildland Urban Interface Department Head Bruce Woods said,
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 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.Tom Spencer, TFS predictive services department head said,
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 if possible for your fireworks fun; especially when using aerials.
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.