Officials Warn About Fiery Fourth
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Fourth of July is just a couple weeks away and that means it is fireworks season in Eagle Country.
But before the partying begins, Hoosiers are being warned to be careful when shooting fireworks because of the dry conditions across much of Indiana.
Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says in a typical year, there are more fires on July 4 than on any other day of the year.
“With extremely dry conditions pervasive across the state this year, anyone enjoying consumer fireworks needs to do so with a heightened level of caution. As evidenced by the numerous reports of grass and brush fires we have received already, grass and other vegetation in many areas are readily combustible,” says Greeson.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor as of June 12, nearly 90 percent of Indiana was categorized as either abnormally dry or in a moderate to severe drought. Rainfall across much of the state is anywhere from 10 to four inches below average.
Here are fireworks safety tips from the Indiana State Fire Marshal:
Due to extremely dry conditions this June, some local jurisdictions are restricting the use of fireworks. Contact your city or county board of commissioners, or your local fire department to inquire about what fireworks prohibitions or restrictions may be in effect for your area.
Discharge fireworks in a clear, open area and never point fireworks toward houses, trees, shrubs, fields, animals or people.
Monitor wind speed and direction when discharging fireworks to avoid having fireworks devices blown into trees, house roofs, fields, etc.
After discharging fireworks, retrieve all remnants to prevent smoldering firework materials from igniting a fire.
Submerge all used fireworks, including spent sparklers, in a bucket of water overnight before discarding.
Never discharge fireworks without having a fire extinguisher, water hose, or other extinguishing agent readily available.
When attending professional fireworks displays, Marshal Greeson suggests Hoosiers avoid parking on tall grass, and park on gravel, concrete or asphalt whenever possible.