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National Fire Prevention Month tips offered by Georgia fire official

Posted at 2:36 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 22:49:36-04

CUTHBERT, Ga. (WTXL) - October is National Fire Prevention Month, and one local fire department is reminding citizens to think about what their family would do in case a fire happened.

Captain Marlon Coleman with the Cuthbert Fire Department says every household should have a fire escape plan.

He says you should have a meeting place outside the house - like a mailbox or a tree - if a fire were to happen.

Coleman also recommends never leaving a stove unattended when you're cooking.

He has a good tip for anyone who has to step away from the stove while fixing food.

"When you start cooking, we ask that you take a spatula or spoon or something you're cooking with, with you if you're going into the living room to watch T.V. so it will remind you that you have something on the stove," he said.

Coleman says unattended stoves is the number one cause of fires in Cuthbert and in Randolph County.

He also recommends cleaning out drier vents regularly since they can become clogged and cause a fire.