Janel Vasallo, spokeswoman for the Lakeland Fire Department, talks with LkldNow in View host Andrea Oliver about the effects of COVID-19 on fire safety. The department has had more calls for fires started by children at home playing with matches or lighters, and they’ve had to cancel several events in favor of posting safety information online. With the holidays coming up, the department is emphasizing kitchen safety. Vasallo shares a tip about frying turkeys: “Never dunk a frozen bird into boiling hot oil!”

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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