Despite Recent Rains, Fourth Of July Fire Risk Remains

COLLEGE STATION (June 26, 2014) Despite the recent rains, Fourth of July fireworks and campfires still pose a fire risk, the Texas A&M Forest Service warned Thursday.

“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.”

The rain this month and last has reduced the potential for wildfires across much of the state, but the Forest Service is urging residents to exercise caution.

Fireworks Safety Tips

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.

(Source: Texas A&M Forest Service)

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