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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
February 24, 2004 Albany -- One of the most important times to think about fire safety is when you are checking into a hotel. Spending the night away in an unfamiliar place can turn deadly, if a fire breaks out.
January 25th a fire at the Comfort Inn in Greenville, South Carolina killed six people, and a dozen others were injured escaping the blaze. The fire started at 4 AM on the third floor.
An investigation found that most of the victims could not escape because they were lost. Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief James Carswell said "The hallway was full of smoke, and they did not remember where the exits were and they got lost. They did not take their key with them, so they could not get back into the room, so they were trapped there."
Firefighters warn that you should always study your room's location when checking into a hotel, to make sure you can get out in case of fire. From each room's door you must be able to see two Exit signs. Carswell said "Even though this one is close, the fire could be between you and that exit, so you need to know where the secondary exit is, so you can get away from the fire."
Look for smoke alarms and emergency lights in hallways. They could be lifesavers, because smoke will fill a hotel hallway quickly.
Always keep your room key with you in case of fire. If your escape is blocked, your room may be the safest place to seek refuge. Carswell said "Shut your door, put a towel under the threshold to keep smoke from coming in. Open the window if it's there, and hang a colored cloth to alert firefighters you are there. Call the front desk and let them know."
When you check into a hotel, make sure their fire preparation is evident. Ask questions. If you have any doubts, firefighters say you should find another place to stay.
Carswell said "It could be a matter of life or death, and it could be your own."
There are on average four thousand fire deaths a year in the United States.