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Posted: October 30, 2012 9:08 p.m.

Outdoor burning open to citizens in city limits

The Covington Fire Department has announced that burning season is now open to the city of Covington within the city limits.

To burn inside of the city limits, you must have a permit from the city of Covington of Fire Department according to a news release from Randy Ross with the fire department. Citizens can obtain a burn permit by visiting the fire department located at 2101 Pace Street.

Ross has these safety tips from the fire department for burning outside:
•Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control.

•Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury.

•An adult should tend to the fire while it is burning until it is completely extinguished.

•Have fire extinguishment materials on hand including a water supply, shovels and rakes. The water supply could be a pressurized water fire extinguisher, a pump can or garden hose, and be sure to test it out before igniting the fire.

•Burning at a location away from any utility lines and do not burn tires or building materials.

Ross advises that if the fire gets out of control, citizens should call the fire department for assistance. He recommends residents use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members or any damage by fire to your home.

For more information about outdoor burning, contact the Covington Fire Department at (770) 385-2100.

To learn more about how to obtain burning permits, visit cityofcovington.org and click on the fire department link.

Ross said obtaining a burn permit with the city only applies to fires burned within the city limits of Covington.

If citizens would like to burn outside of the city limits, call (877) OK-2-BURN.

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