The Utica Fire Department is preparing for a busy winter season.
The fire department is training at their fire training grounds on Leland Avenue, conducting a live burn.
Firemen at the training grounds say that with increased hazards in the winter months, it is important to remember to stay safe.
"Just pay attention to food cooking on the stove, don't leave anything unattended, careful with kids an young ones around the stove, makes sure no one gets burnt and just enjoy
yourself," says Firefighter Zach Ambrose.
"Before they use their wood stoves, their pellet stoves, their fireplace cleaned, their chimneys cleaned. A lot of the fires this year are due to a lack of the cleaning of the chimneys,"
says Deputy Chief Michael Wusik.
The Utica Fire Department advises anybody caught in a fire this holiday season to call 911 and get out as soon as
"If there's any fire, get out of the house, go to a meeting spot with your family, call 911, get the authorities there as quick as possible," says Wusik.
Members of the department also urge the importance of checking your smoke detectors to avoid fires.
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