June 30, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Forestry Commission Urges Safety During 4th of July Celebrations

Picnics, barbecues, and outdoor fun are an important part of Independence Day celebrations for many Alabama families. For those who plan to celebrate with cookouts and fireworks, the Alabama Forestry Commission encourages extra safety precautions due to the dry conditions over much of the state.

Avoid shooting fireworks in or near dry grass, leaves, or other combustible materials. Thoroughly soak the area with water where fireworks are to be discharged, and have a garden hose or other source of water nearby.

The same preventive measures apply when using charcoal grills. Do not dump hot coals in, near, or around dry grass, leaves, or other flammable materials. Do not bury hot coals. Allow briquettes to cool completely; or, soak with lots of water, stir them, and soak again, being sure they are cold to the touch. Take precautions that hot embers do not fall through the bottom of the grill. Never leave a grill unattended.

Remember what Smokey Bear said . . . “Please be careful! Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

A major goal of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama’s forests. To learn more about the AFC, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov or contact your local Alabama Forestry Commission office.



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