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WFD Reminds Public To Be Safe During Memorial Day Weekend

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend here, the Wheeling Fire Department is reminding people to be safe when cooking and spending time outdoors.

Outdoor fires are common during the upcoming summer months, and roughly half of injuries involving grills are thermal burns.

The Fire Department’s Bureau of Fire Prevention recommends that grills should only be used outdoors, away from any house, deck or shelters. Never leave a grill unattended and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the area, fire officials said.

Recreational bonfires within city limits must be at least 15 feet away from any structure or flammable material. The fire must be in an approved above ground fire pit container, have a lid and a source of water to extinguish the flames. Only natural vegetation can be used to burn, according to city code.

WFD also reminds those who choose to use area waterways for kayaking, canoeing, or boating to always wear a lifejacket.

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