Independence Day this year comes in the middle of the week and spreads out the celebration longer than normal. Legions of Oklahomans spend this special holiday camping at the lake with their families. It’s
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summer’s big holiday. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, want citizens to be aware of the potential for wildfires. Our recent heat wave has dried out grasses and vegetation considerably.
“We want people to enjoy their recreational activities,” said State Forester George Geissler, “but we urge everyone to be extra careful with outdoor activities like grilling, campfires and fireworks that can spark a wildfire.”
With many areas of our state in drought conditions Oklahoma Forestry Services offers some good fire safety advice.
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Use fireworks under close adult supervision in safe areas away from dry grass and brush.
- Keep fireworks away from homes and structures which can be accidentally ignited.
- Keep a hose, bucket of water and wet towels nearby to extinguish small fires.
- Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited in many cities and all Oklahoma state parks.
Grilling and Campfire Safety Tips
- Consider using a propane stove or barbecue grill instead of an open fire when it’s dry and windy.
- Put barbecue grills over bare dirt or other fire resistant surfaces and away from dead grass and weeds. Never transport a barbecue pit or grill with live coals.
- Build campfires in open, level spots away from trees and overhanging branches and preferably in designated fire rings or fire receptacles.
- Never leave a campfire or cooking fire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire with water before leaving it. The ashes and coals are not safe to leave until they are cool enough to touch.