The Anniston Fire Department encourages our communities to remain safe and diligent during this perilous season of winter storms. The department has scheduled extra staff and they too are constantly monitoring the weather. The sleet and snow we are experiencing tonight may bring with it the problem of downed power lines. Sgt. Rodney Ball tells us how to act if confronted with the dangerous situation. Fire department officials also warn people to be smart when heating their homes. Do not leave fireplaces unattended and do not use a gas grill for heat. If you have to venture outside during icy conditions - remember to drive slowly and carefully. If you encounter trouble while driving, the Fire Department has city vehicles ready to help you get home.