News Release: Stay Fire Safe During Independence Day
Lakewood, CO- As Independence Day rapidly approaches, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. The 4th of July is an ideal time for camping and outdoor activities, but while celebrating, please remember that wildfires threaten lives, property and precious resources every year.
This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, firefighters are needed more than ever to keep America safe, so please, do your part to prevent human-caused wildfires. Although this pandemic has been unprecedented, DFPC and our public safety partners have been proactively working to prepare for this year’s wildfire season - including contingency planning for how we will adjust to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
“As we all know, fireworks can be dangerous especially when fire conditions are extreme,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. “As we are in Colorado’s core fire season, the wildland-urban interface communities are particularly threatened by wildfires; current conditions include a lack of moisture, distressed vegetation, extreme fire weather (Red Flag warnings), overgrown and beetle-killed forests, these conditions need only an ignition source in order for a disaster to occur.”
Some additional things to remember to prevent wildfires:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks!
- Make sure to check your local or public land for all fire and fireworks restrictions.
- Be careful with anything that could start a fire.
- If towing a boat or trailer, ensure your safety chains are properly secure and not dragging on the ground.
- Never park your vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass—your vehicle can ignite the fuels and start a fire.
- When camping, never leave your campfire unattended. Ensure your campfire is “dead” out before leaving or turning in for the night. If your campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
For more safety tips, click here to visit the DFPC Fireworks Safety webpage.
-June 28, 2020-