North Texans prepare for 4th of July weekend as burning bans are in place – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

With the 4th of July countdown, the stage is set for North Texans to take part in one of America’s favorite Independence Day traditions: fireworks.

James Fuller has already stocked enough fireworks to spend a multi-day celebration in his Denton County garden with friends and family.

But while he’s a fireworks fanatic, Fuller is also a safety advocate as a former firefighter and federal consumer fireworks safety regulator.

“These are not freedoms given to us without some level of accountability,” Fuller said.

At all times, he said, this includes following all warning labels, including those indicating which direction the firework should face.

It also includes locating and positioning the fuse before dark.

“It’s super important,” Fuller said.

This means never relighting a misfire, ensuring only sober adults are responsible for all fireworks, including sparklers, and keeping spectators at least 20 feet away.

But this year he is also urging people to be aware of their surroundings and to consider shooting from a paved surface rather than dried grass.

“What we really don’t want to happen is for the wind to pick up an object or an object to flip over, and you start a fire inside part of the brush that is currently find,” Fuller said.

That’s especially true on the west side of the metropolis where dry conditions have led to burning bans in places like Tarrant, Ellis, Johnson and Parker counties.

Wise County has a ban that varies from day to day. Once in place, the emergency management office said fireworks are prohibited.

Tarrant County officials are urging people to leave the fireworks to the professionals this year.

Even for those in the clear, Fuller said it’s important to shoot fireworks from a flat serve and keep a water source nearby.

In dry and windy conditions, he said fireworks without propellants are considered safer, ie sparklers, cones and fountains.

“Just use your common sense. If you know the location you’re going to use for filming is too dry or the wind is picking up and it’s just not the right night, there’s so many other ways to celebrate our 4th of July,” Fuller said.

He added that fireworks have a long lifespan and can wait for better conditions.

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