Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
December 10, 2004
Lowndes County - In less than 60 seconds, a tall and stately Blue Spruce transforms into a skeleton of charred needles. And if you don't take good care of your Christmas tree, it could cause a holiday tragedy.
Safety starts as soon as you get your tree home. You should cut at least a one inch wedge off the bottom of the trunk. "By cutting the wedge off, you're opening all the pores of the tree so it can drink up the water and stay fresh for you," said Lowndes County Fire Chief Jim Fielding.
A dying tree burns easier than a lively one, so the key to preventing Christmas tree fires is keeping your tree fresh. This means giving it lots and lots of water....and making sure the tree stand is filled to the top every day. "We filled this one up yesterday and you can see its already starting to drink itself down," said Fielding.
And there's a simple way to tell if your tree is healthy. "Pick through the needles like and if they fall off, you're tree's dying," said Fielding.
We all love to cover our trees with lots of lights, but sometimes they can be dangerous. You should always check your wiring when you're putting the lights up and taking them off the tree, and replace the lights about every three years. "We recommend low voltage lights like these small ones, they produce a lot less heat," said Fielding.
Always unplug your lights if you're leaving your home and when you go to bed. And the size of your extension cord is crucial. "Make sure you've got a large enough extension cord to pull the power off your lights," said Fielding.
A few simple ways to keep your Christmas from going up in flames.