With burn bans starting to appear, local residents are advised to take extreme caution with outdoor activities the coming Fourth of July weekend.
If you are camping, going to the beach or staying around home, residents are advised to keep safe this Independence Day and exercise safe practices when using fireworks. Weather looks to be hot and dry in the local Willapa area and many cities are already talking about banning use of some specific fireworks within city limits.
State Parks are already restricting the uses of open fires in campgrounds and people should check in with local rangers when entering parks to make sure they understand what is allowed at campsites.
It has been noted that annually local authorities respond to several calls on the celebrated day that could have been prevented if the people using the fireworks had just followed directions and did not try to make something bigger out of their purchase.
To help you enjoy the celebration, residents are advised to only use authorized fireworks for their area and situation. That the fireworks be age appropriate with adult supervision at all times. Be aware of which direction you are using the fireworks; the wind may carry them away and they are still hot even after they have been set off. Use near water or have water available like in a bucket to extinguish any used fireworks or a hose to dampen the area or to douse out any small flames. Use on pavement and not in grassy areas.
Residents are advised mostly to use common sense and enjoy the holiday in a safe manner even with barbeque pits and grills.
Keep posted to alerts that will be coming from local fire and police departments in the areas where you live or are visiting.