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Safety tips, following two fire tragedies in the mountain state

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Seven people are dead after two deadly fires in the mountain state over the past two weeks.

With the holidays coming, fire investigators say you could be at an increased risk for fire danger.

It was two weeks ago, when fire investigators say two children -- four-year-old Shania Sydney and three-year-old Dontarius Gardner -- died after a fire in Logan County.  They believe an electrical problem is to blame, and no smoke detectors were found in the duplex..

And it was earlier this week, when authorities say four children and one adult died in a fire in Elkins.  Fire investigators say the only smoke detector in the home did not have working batteries.

"Change the batteries when the time changes, so twice a year, so there's no chance the battery will be dead when you need it," said Lt. Rick Shagoury with the Princeton Fire Department.

With the holiday season right around the corner, and increased family gatherings and cooking, firefighters are also encouraging people to have a small fire extinguisher in their home.

Firefighters also have several tips when it comes to your holiday tree.  Those tips include making sure your tree is sturdy, so it does not tip over; making sure your tree is hydrated; keeping the tree away from heat sources; and unplugging tree lights when you go to sleep and when you are not home.