Area officials have offered tips to help residents have a safe and fun Independence Day.
Shelia Bellott, Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management director, said that because of recent arid weather, residents should be aware of fire hazards related to fireworks.
“It’s been pretty dry,” Bellott said. “There’s the potential for grass fires with fireworks.”
The Arkansas Forestry Commission elevated the county’s wildfire risk to moderate; however, the county is not currently under a burn ban.
Bellott offered the following fireworks safety guidelines for people who live outside Conway city limits:
• Anyone planning to have a large fireworks show should let the local fire department know in advance.
• Only light one firework at a time and move away from it immediately after lighting.
• Don’t relight or pick up a firework that doesn’t ignite, commonly referred to as a “dud.”
• Keep a hose, bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.
Bellott said the OEM is “prepared to respond to anything that comes up.”
Fireworks by residents are prohibited in Conway city limits, Conway Police Department LaTresha Woodruff told the Log Cabin.
"Your Conway Police Department wishes everyone a safe and fun July 4," she said. "Remember shooting fireworks is prohibited by city ordinance. If your celebration includes consuming alcohol, please drink responsibly and make sure you have a designated driver."
CPD will have extra officers on duty for the holiday, Woodruff said.
"Should you need police assistance, call 501-450-6120 or dial 911 in an emergency," she said.
Erinn Stone, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office spokesman reminded residents to only call 911 for emergencies and not to report illegal fireworks use.
"Fireworks calls can overburden the 911 System and prevent true emergencies from being reported," Stone said.
Instead, she said, residents are encouraged to use the non-emergency number 501-328-5906.
All city and county offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of the holiday. The Conway Sanitation Department said that although its office, the city landfill, recycling center and refuse center will be closed, "garbage collection will operate as regularly scheduled" on Wednesday.
"Garbage carts must be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m.," spokesman Whitney Reuschling said. "Wednesday collections of yard waste and glass, however, will be postponed until the next regularly scheduled service day."