Make fire safety part of your Memorial Day weekend plans


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan officials are reminding everyone that fire dangers are expected to be high in parts of the state this weekend.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says fire danger is expected to be highest in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula Thursday, Friday, and Monday.

Additionally, anyone in Michigan can use a few tips to make sure they are preventing fires this Memorial Day weekend as well as all summer long.

“People need to be careful with backyard fires,” said Paul Rogers, DNR fire prevention specialist. “Keep a hose or water handy if you are burning or planning to use any type of fireworks.”

Reduce the risk of fire from burning yard debris by checking current weather conditions and getting a burn permit.

Be careful when using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or outdoor machinery like lawn mowers in dry conditions. The heat from the mower or an ATV exhaust pipe can ignite dry grass while a trailer chain dragging on pavement can create sparks that set the grass on fire.

Never leave any fire unattended and make sure all fires are completely out before leaving an area.

Make sure you are using safe burning practices by learning more about specific fire danger by region and find fire prevention tips.

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