Stay safe this Fourth of July

Independence Day is just around the corner and the Texas A&M forest service is trying to encourage people to be careful this Fourth of July.

Many Texans will be celebrating in a less-restricted setting than last year with the state having since reopened since the pandemic started.

Ector County is no longer under a burn ban. The county lifted the ban a few weeks ago that was enacted back in March.

Despite that, hot weather and dry fuel conditions will make many areas of the state more susceptible to wildfires.

The Texas A&M Forest Service is working to spread awareness in preventing wildfires that are ignited by fireworks.

People across the state are encouraged to check local restrictions on fireworks and burn bans as well as only use fireworks outdoors in an area away from dry grass and buildings.

Among the other safety tips by the Texas A&M Forest Service are to allow fireworks to cool completely before handling and then to discard appropriately.

Another safety tip is to keep water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby in case of a fire and to call 9-1-1 in case a grassfire ignites.