Howard County is currently in a burn ban and Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper is reminding the public to celebrate responsibly.
Hooper told KBest News that the volunteer fire department is usually pretty busy during this time of the year, but, with the cancellation of the annual celebratory event Pops in the Park and the extreme dry conditions, the department is expecting to see an increase in calls.
According to Chief Hooper, the HCVFD will be staging trucks on the south and north sides of the county.
“All the south trucks will cover the south and west part of the county. Then the trucks on the north end will cover north and the east end of the county. Hopefully, we can keep up with everything.”
During this time, it’s important to remember that it is illegal to shoot fireworks off of any state or county road way. If you are going to shoot fireworks off in the county, you have to have the landowners permission and you need to have an extinguishing agent in case a fire starts.
“If you do start a fire on someone else’s property and something happens to their house, or an outbuilding, they could press charges or sue you. It could be a bad deal,” explained Chief Hooper.
Additional fireworks safety tips include:
Don’t pop fireworks at each other.
Always read the instructions.
Always have adult supervision.
Have some kind of extinguishing agent nearby, such as a water hose, bucket of water, shovel, or fire extinguisher to slow the fire down before the HCVFD gets there.
Always shoot fireworks outdoors. If you can get in a dirt field, that’s even better.
Try to keep grass as short as you can in the area where the fireworks will be used.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks