NEWTOWN, Conn. — With more than 23,000 wildfires having burned already this year—an increase of 20 percent over last year—NSSF® reminds shooters and hunters to take precautions so they don’t accidentally ignite a wildfire.
Although fires that usually make headlines are those that scorch the arid West, all parts of the country can have destructive wildfires. The majority of wildfires are human-caused, and that means fires can be prevented by following safe practices. NSSF’s “Help Prevent Wildfires” campaign provides video and audio public service announcements and an updated infographic that urges recreational shooters and other outdoor enthusiasts to be mindful of their surroundings and how to take precautions.
“As gun owners, we care about safeguarding our communities and our natural resources. With the fire season upon us, we encourage everyone to do their part to not be the cause of a wildfire. Check the fire-danger levels in your area and take precautions before heading outdoors to target shoot, hunt or pursue other outdoor activities,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO.
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.