Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
November 29, 2006
Albany-- After a couple of weeks of unseasonably warm weather, changes are on the way. Daytime has brought pleasant weather to the Good Life City recently. But soon, nighttime will bring cold temps and more danger, particularly with the homeless population.
"During these times when the weather gets cold or rainy, they're getting out of the elements," said Deputy Chief David Eddins with the Albany Fire Department. Many get out of the elements and into potential trouble. A lot of the times that trouble is in rundown or abandoned homes.
"At times, they will use poor judgement and actually try to start a fire to keep warm in there," said Eddins.
A 46-year-old Albany man who fire investigators call a vagrant is now charged with arson after a fire to cook food got out of control in an Albany vacant home. Also Wednesday, an Atlanta fireman died from injuries suffered fighting a fire started by vagrants.
"It causes property damage to someone else's property and potential loss of life to the individuals in there with them," said Eddins. Eddins says everyone needs to be aggressive with safety measures when colder weather sets in.
One big fire starter is space heaters. He stresses keeping a three-foot radius all the way around it and most importantly he wants people to realize that they're not meant to be run all day and night.
"We find people do that a lot, just use that as their main source of heat and it actually overdoes the system," says Eddins. That of course causes fires. People can prevent that by also making sure their main heating appliances are safe.
"Make sure that they're operating properly. Get a certified person in to check them. Make sure there's no leaks and also still make sure they have a clear way around them," said Eddins. Another heating danger? Using the oven as a heating source.
"Under no circumstances do we suggest that an oven is used. If it's a gas appliance, it can actually cause the oxygen content to lessen inside," said Eddins. As more people head inside to stay warm, fire officials want to prevent homes from ending up like this. This time, no lives were lost but each fire is different.
"It could easily be different in the future," said Eddins. Early warnings and adherence to those warnings could stop flames from going up as temperatures go down.
Deputy Chief Eddins also stresses the importance of having smoke alarms. Make sure fresh batteries are in them and they're working properly at all times.