If outdoor activities are a part of your Fourth of July celebration, the Texas A&M Forest Service is urging caution. Whether you’re sitting by the campfire, grilling, or using fireworks-remember, 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 fire-even with recent rainfall.
Here are some 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.
As a reminder, officials with the U.S. Forest Service are reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.