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With freezing temps, firefighters expect increase

November 17, 2005

Albany- As temperatures drop toward freezing, you may turn up your heat and that could cause problems. Early cold snaps make for busy nights for south Georgia fire departments. As people turn on their heat for the first time, many experience odors from dust burning off. Firefighters say if that happens, go ahead and call 911.

"People they haven't had their heaters on so, now when we get some freezing weather they start turning them on and it does pick up our call volume," said Battalion Chief David Eddins, Albany Fire Department.

Firefighters also encourage you to keep all flammable items at least three feet from space heaters. They say don't leave space heaters on overnight or when you leave home.

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