ATLANTA -- Record temperatures, minimal rain, and low humidity have come together to produce hazardous conditions for fireworks. In fact, we currently have over two-thirds of Georgia in a drought, and about 55% of the state is in a severe drought. So fire departments recommend you take a few extra steps to make sure you don't accidentally set a fire on the Fourth.
1. Use a garden hose to wet down the grassy area you plan to use BEFORE you actually light your fireworks. This makes sure if any sparks fly, the area is pre-treated.
2. Instead of using a match or lighter, use a punk, which is safer since it can not only be used from a greater distance, but it does not use an open flame.
3. Make sure you ALWAYS place any fireworks in a bucket of water (metal not plastic) after using them. Let them soak for at least 15 minutes before disposing of them in a covered, fireproof container.
If you have any questions about whether or not your yard is safe enough for fireworks, don't do it, just go enjoy the professional fireworks displays going on all over town. For a list of Fourth of July events Where U Live, click here.