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[IDHS] Dry Conditions Warrant Exceptional Caution When Using Fireworks
Start Date: 6/15/2012
End Date: 6/15/2012
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INDIANAPOLIS—As Independence Day approaches and warm, dry conditions linger in many parts of Indiana, The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Hoosiers to exercise an extremely high level of care and caution when discharging fireworks.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

“In a typical year, there are more fires on July 4 than on any other day of the year,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “With extremely dry conditions pervasive across the state this year, anyone enjoying consumer fireworks needs to do so with a heightened level of caution. As evidenced by the numerous reports of grass and brush fires we have received already, grass and other vegetation in many areas are readily combustible.”

Tips to prevent fireworks from starting fires

• Due to extremely dry conditions this June, some local jurisdictions are restricting the use of fireworks. Contact your city or county board of commissioners, or your local fire department to inquire about what fireworks prohibitions or restrictions may be in effect for your area.

• Discharge fireworks in a clear, open area and never point fireworks toward houses, trees, shrubs, fields, animals or people.

• Monitor wind speed and direction when discharging fireworks to avoid having fireworks devices blown into trees, house roofs, fields, etc.

• After discharging fireworks, retrieve all remnants to prevent smoldering firework materials from igniting a fire. 

• Submerge all used fireworks, including spent sparklers, in a bucket of water overnight before discarding.

• Never discharge fireworks without having a fire extinguisher, water hose, or other extinguishing agent readily available.

When attending professional fireworks displays, Marshal Greeson suggests Hoosiers avoid parking on tall grass, and park on gravel, concrete or asphalt whenever possible.

For more fireworks safety tips or information about dry weather safety, visit

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