Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
December 7, 2005
Lowndes County - It's the classic symbol of Christmas, but with a quick flick of a lighter, it turns into your worst holiday nightmare.
"It will burn very rapidly," said Lowndes Fire Chief Jim Fielding.
In less than a minute, even a live Christmas tree was completely consumed by smoke and flames. The Lowndes County Fire Department put on the demonstration to show how big of a fire hazard a tree can be if its not taken care of. "We don't want any runs on Christmas, we don't want anyone's Christmas spoiled," said Fielding.
A dry, dying tree burns much faster than a fresh and healthy one. So Fielding says the best way to minimize the risk of fire is to give your tree plenty of water. "A tree of any size will drink over a quart of water a day to keep itself alive," said Fielding.
And make sure the trunk has a fresh, clean cut so it can absorb that water. "You'd need to get rid of all this knarled bark here and cut it straight across where the new bark starts," said Fielding.
Now comes the lights. Fielding suggests using small bulbs. "This creates a whole lot more heat than these little bulbs, so you want to make sure you use low voltage, low wattage bulbs," said Fielding.
And check the wiring of the lights each year. "Somebody had a problem with this wire and taped it up, that is very much a fire hazard," said Fielding.
If you're using garland or tinsel on your tree, make sure its not touching any of the lights. "Tinsel is made of aluminum foil and will conduct electricity and then you've got a shock hazard," said Fielding.
Live trees can pose a threat, but using a little extra caution and care with yours will make this Christmas a safe and merry one.