BRYAN, Texas — With the Fourth of July arising in lower than two weeks, we spoke with some native emergency officers to be sure to’re in a protected space earlier than celebrating.
“Make sure there isn’t a fireworks ban and also make sure there are no ordinances against the use or display of fireworks in your local area,” stated Harvie Cheshire, Fire Chief, South Brazos County Fire Department, ESD1.
Several counties within the Brazos Valley are underneath a burn ban tonight.
The Texas A&M Forest Service says, burn bans occur when drought circumstances may cause a risk of wildfire.
County officers make the orders for burn bans.
“Due to the current drought conditions in our county, we are under a burn ban,” stated Shelly Butts, Emergency Management Coordinator, Madison County. “We have been under a burn ban since June 14.”
The emergency declaration burn ban can solely final seven days.
As of as we speak, the burn ban doesn’t prohibit all outdoors burning and permits fireworks.
Chief Jason ware with Brazos County Emergency Management says our drought index is on the rise.
“With continuous days of 100-degree temperatures and very little rainfall, our grasses have cured, meaning they have dried out considerably and it can ignite fairly easy,” stated Chief Jason Ware, Deputy Emergency Coordinator for Brazos County.
We discovered that the majority damage statistics come from fireworks.
“Each year in the United States, believe it or not, there are approximately 19 thousand fireworks-related injuries,” stated Chief Cheshire.
Chief Cheshire says 28 p.c of these 19 thousand accidents are fingers and fingers, making them the largest damage level.
He says the primary rule of lighting fireworks is to not go away it as much as kids.
“Number one, never allow small children to handle any fireworks,” stated Chief Cheshire. “Approximately 10 percent of all fireworks injuries happen to ages between one and four years old. That’s way too big.”
Chief Ware says what goes up should come down, and generally with a bang.
“There’s certain types of fireworks that will once they go up, there’s a part that will return to Earth,” stated Chief Ware. “The sticks and the fins which could be burning and could ignite a fire.”
Of all fires reported, Chief Cheshire says 28 p.c of them are brought on by fireworks.
Chief ware says he’s seen buildings and houses catch hearth from fireworks within the Brazos Valley.
“Two years that I’ve been doing this, we’ve had a couple of buildings or homes burn because of fireworks,” stated Chief Ware. “Improper disposal in a garbage can, can cause a fire.”
Butts says by no means attempt to relight a firework.
“Never try to relight or pick up a firework that didn’t ignite fully,” stated Butts. “We want to get our money’s worth, but this is not the time to do that. Discard that and make sure it’s doused with water so it doesn’t ignite on its own.”
With a number of counties underneath a burn ban, it’s essential to know if yours is just too.
“The largest fire can start from the smallest ember and that’s something we need to remember,” stated Butts. “A lot of the times we forget that just lighting a simple firework can set off a chain of negative events that we don’t want to have to deal with anywhere.”
Butts additionally says sporting protecting eye gear, holding a charged hose on standby, and placing fireworks in a steel can after they’ve been doused with water.
More firework security tips may be discovered right here:
Texas Forest Service Burn Ban Map: (WILDFIRES AND DISASTERS | TFS (tamu.edu))
National Fire Protection Association: NFPA
Texas Department of Insurance: State Fire Marshal (texas.gov)
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