COVINGTON -- The Covington Fire Department is reminding citizens that outside burning season is now open within the city and a permit is required before it is permissible to burn.
"To burn inside the city limits, you must get a permit from the city of Covington Fire Department," explained CFD Fire Safety Educator Randy Ross, adding that county residents must get a permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission by calling 1-877-652-2876.
Fire Department headquarters is located at 2101 Pace St., or the department can be reached by phone at 770-385-2100.
Ross gave the follow fire safety tips for those engaging in outdoor burning:
-- 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 of the risk of personal injury.
-- While the fire is burning, an adult must attend the fire until it is completely extinguished.
-- Have fire extinguishing 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.
-- Select a location away from utility lines.
-- Do not burn tires or building materials.
-- If for some reason, the fire should get out of control, call the Fire Department immediately.
"Use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members or any damage by fire to your home," Ross said. "For more information, call the Covington Fire Department at 770-385-2100."