Don’t Spark a Fire This Fourth of July – Celebrate Your Holiday Safely

BOTHELL, Wash. – This fireplace season, FEMA is urging warning with any Fourth of July celebrations that embody fireworks, campfires, or grilling and is encouraging residents to be aware of rising temperatures heading into the summer season season. While fireworks and out of doors gatherings go hand-in-hand with the vacation and summer season months, additionally they intensify wildfire hazard and should put lives in danger.

Over 1.5 million acres have already burned within the state of Alaska, and over 52 percent of the state of Oregon is facing severe drought conditions. Outdoor actions (e.g. driving on excessive grass, tenting, grilling) heighten the specter of human-caused wildfires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 19,500 fires reported to native fireplace departments within the U.S. in 2018 had been began by fireworks with greater than one-quarter of the fires began by fireworks in 2014-18 reported on the Fourth of July. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a show placed on by professionals or view a digital present. Be certain to heed native laws for firework use.

“With the excitement of the holiday and the long-anticipated arrival of summer weather, it’s easy to forget that certain outdoor activities can pose a risk for wildfires and for our own health and safety,” stated FEMA Region 10 Administrator Willie G. Nunn. “Between following a few safety tips and taking part in local, professionally-staged fireworks displays and alternative activities, there are countless ways that we can safely enjoy the Fourth of July and the summer season.”

As temperatures throughout the area start to climb, FEMA encourages everybody to study the signs of heat-related illness and observe additional warning when outdoor and when temperatures attain over 90 levels:

Identify locations in your group the place you may go to remain cool or verify with native authorities for cooling facilities close to you, put on unfastened, light-weight, light-colored clothes, drink loads of fluids, and make sure to verify on members of the family, seniors, and neighbors.

FEMA needs you a secure and comfortable vacation weekend and summer season season.

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