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Officials urge RV safety before chilly Magic City Classic weekend

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Tomorrow, the 72nd annual Magic City Classic will take place at Birmingham's Legion Field. Hundreds of fans have been parked in RVs outside of the stadium for past few days.

In the wake of a recent tragedy, local fire officials are taking extra steps this year, to make sure people are safe. It was just last weekend, that a man camping in his RV at the Talladega Superspeedway died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Today, members of the Birmingham Fire Department were out at legion field passing out safety information to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safety may seem like something that should be second nature to most, but with everything that happening out here, we're told it's easy to get caught up in the fun and forget.

"We know you all are going to be out here in your RVs all evening and for the festivities so we just want to give y'all some safety tips and reminders so you can just stay safe," said CW Mardis of the Birmingham Fire Department. "We want to try to prevent any kind of accident or fire or CO2 poisoning that we can. So we're just out here to get safety information out to the public."

Before the game on the gridiron and the Battle of the Bands, the fans are out and trash talk is what they're about. But the key to seeing the victory is safety.

"When you're having all of these festivities and merriment everybody is having such a good time; you tend to drop your guard because you're not really thinking about disaster or anything bad happening, but it can potentially happen," Mardis said.

There's only going to be one winner, after four quarters we'll know we stole the 72nd annual Magic City Classic show. The Birmingham Fire Department wants to make sure you're okay so you don't miss a play.

If you experience any weakness, dizziness, headache or shortness of breath, Chief Mardis says to call 911 immediately.

Some RVs have carbon monoxide detectors built in. Detectors can range anywhere from $10 to $40, and Chief Mardis says they're a great investment.

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