York Fire Department warns about fireworks and extremely dry conditions

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YORK – York Fire Chief Tony Bestwick says he’s extremely worried about the very dry conditions, a heat index warning lasting through the week and the start of the fireworks-lighting season that is now upon us.

It all adds up to a dangerous mix as far as fire potential.

“Due to the lack of adequate rain this year, we are experiencing very dry conditions,” Bestwick said. “This means we see an increase in grass fires. We ask that you all use extreme caution so we can all have a fun and safe holiday.”

He wants to emphasize that if people light fireworks, they do so on gravel or concrete – not from their yards or lawns which are fire hazards right now due to the extreme dry situation.

He also offers the following tips:

  • Have one person light and handle fireworks.
  • Know what you are using and any related safety information
  • Buy only legal, consumer-grade products from a licensed dealer.
  • Keep water on hand and wet the area once you are finished. Have buckets of water available and/or a hose.
  • Use a level, solid ground for launch – again on gravel or concrete.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep your kids and pets safe.
  • Take time to prepare your home and yard.

“It is so extremely dry I cannot express enough how critical it is for everyone to be very, very careful with fireworks,” Bestwick said. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in making this an enjoyable, safe holiday.”


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