Macon-Bibb 911 center calls increase during cold temperatures

Calls to 911 increase during the freezing temperatures / Evan Watson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Macon-Bibb County's 911 center is always on call but abnormally cold weather can increase the workload.

"Anytime the weather gets colder you've got more way of having fires, people trying to stay warm in different ways," said Donnie Self, Macon-Bibb Director of 911.

Self said the get calls of structure fires in abandoned buildings that people use for warmth but that's not the most common problem.

"Seems like we have the most incidents with space heaters," Self said.

Self said they need to be plugged directly into the wall, not into an extension cord. If you as the fire department, space heaters aren't the only hazard in homes.

"Sometimes the actual fireplace can catch on fire," said Lt. William Jones with the department. "The chimney can catch on fire if it's not been cleaned properly."

When temperatures drop below freezing, forgetting to turn off water sources can also cause problems.

Jones said the fire department is ready for any calls but urges you to stay safe and be smart.

"Be careful of fireplaces," Jones said. "Make sure it's attended."

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