June 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As Texans from around the state make plans for the Nation’s Independence Day holiday, Texas A&M Forest Service urges vigilance 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 fire.

    Recent rains in May and June have decreased some of the potential for catastrophic wildfires across much of the state. However, Texas A&M Forest Service encourages everyone to be careful 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 if using fireworks; especially aerials,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer.

    Fireworks safety tips:
    - Before you celebrate, always check with local government officials whether fireworks and outdoor burning are allowed in your county. Be sure to comply with all restrictions.
    - Before using fireworks, read and follow all warnings and instruction labels.
    - 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.

    Burn 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.

    For more information on wildfire preparedness visit tfsweb.tamu.edu.


    Kristen Newman, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist
    254-218-2224, knewman@tfs.tamu.edu

    Phillip Truitt, Communications Specialist 
    979-255-0591, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu