ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two fires involving children in the last 24 hours has the Albany fire chief urging parents to talk to their children about fire safety.
With colder temperatures more kids are staying indoors and some could be home alone during school breaks for the holidays. Carswell says to avoid potential problems parents should again reinforce that lighters and matches aren't toys. He also says it's a parents responsibility not to leave them within a child's reach.
"They should talk to their kids most definitely about the dangers of playing with lighters and matches but also they need to put them out of reach because unfortunately kids make the wrong choices and it's up to the parent to make sure that they have eliminated the opportunity to make the bad choices," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.
Carswell credits 17 year old Ursula Brown for saving several children during Wednesday's house fire on North Carroll Street because she kept a cool head and got everyone out of the house. Today he said if she hadn't stepped in the fire likely would have been a fatality because smoke can quickly overwhelm someone in a burning home.