State officials remind people to stay safe this summer

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – State officials are reminding people of the potential risks of certain summer activities as West Virginia begins to make plans.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources warns people against drinking alcohol while operating watercraft. Sun and heat can have a negative impact on people who have consumed alcohol, and certain drinks can increase the risk of dehydration and raise blood alcohol levels.

The agency participates in “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign to raise awareness of impaired boating. The campaign will take place on Independence Day weekend.

According to the Division of Natural Resources, there were seven boating incidents in West Virginia in 2021, in which two people died.

The West Virginia State Office of the Fire Marshal reminds people of the dangers associated with barbecues and fireworks. According to public information officer Tim Rock, there were more than 15,600 emergency room visits in 2020 related to grilling incidents and the use of fireworks.

“Keeping everyone safe during the summer is our goal. As our agencies have come together, I would encourage ALL West Virginians to come together and stay safe this summer,” said West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Commissioner Fred Wooton.

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