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Simple steps to prevent a deadly fire

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the days become cooler, people are more likely to crank up the heat. It's important to remember a few safety tips during fire prevention week that can save lies.

Caption Marty Leverett with the Albany fire Department has been fighting fires for years. He said this time of year is dangerous because people are turning on heaters they haven't used in months.

 "Usually you get a smell so you want to go ahead and get them serviced for the winter time,"Leverett said.

Particles tend to build up in the heaters which can spark a fire. Leverett said as daylight savings approaches, it's always a good reminder to change batteries in the smoke alarm.

 "Also it's a good time to have your fireplace serviced so you don't have any fires in your fireplace," Leverett explained.

WALB caught up with second grade teacher Nancy Carson who was laying pine straw in her flower bed. Carson said her brother recently cleaned the fireplace for her and her cat Bella to enjoy. She only had spider webbs inside because she had a cap on her chimney. It's something that Leverett recommends.

"when I go to bed I always make sure the screen is up and the fire is pushed back and it's usually not a blazing fire at that time," Carson said.

Even though Carson doesn't have a fire alarm, she plans on installing one soon. She thinks the hallway would be the best location because it's in the center of her home.

As Leverett continues to educate people about fire safety, Carson will do the same and educate her students about simple ways to prevent fires.

The fire department responded to several heat-related fires last winter. Leverett said many of them were due to space heaters. It's important for people who own space heaters to keep  them away from other fabrics to prevent a fire.

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