One step outside in this weather and the first thing that comes to mind is, simply, WHEW!
Next, however, comes notice of the sirens blaring and the fire trucks blazing down the road headed to another grass fire that most likely could’ve been prevented.
Let’s face it, people. It’s hot outside and this heat dries out the foliage on the sides of roads, on highway medians and anywhere else the sun decides to bake.
That means the ability for brush and grass fires increases exponentially.
Even though we’ve had recent rains soak the ground, the potential for grass and brush fires remain.
In times like these, tossing cigarettes out of vehicle windows while driving, staying for too long away from barbecue pits, having unattended brush fires to dispose of garbage and other careless actions are all no-nos.
It’s imperative for the safety of our county residents, visitors and the first responders who work to keep us all safe.
We all have to work together to make sure we are not careless. We must be cognizant of our surroundings and make wise decisions.
Anything less could lead to something more. No one wants to hear the news of a family having to replace property or worse due to the careless actions of another.
Some forecasts have predicted a reprieve from the sweltering heat we experienced recently and possibly we could be blessed with rain by the weekend.
Until then, though, we have to bear with what we have and all release a collective “Whew!”