BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF/November 2, 2015 – Big Bear Fire Department has some “Hot Tips for Cold Weather” to ensure safe winter heating. With the change in seasons in Big Bear Valley comes the need to warm our homes and businesses. Stay warm and safe during the winter months by following some simple tips.
Conventional Heating: Have a professional check and service your heating system each year. This not only helps to prevent hazardous situations from occurring, but also maintains the efficiency of your heater. Always keep combustibles away from heat sources. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for clearance distances.
Portable Heaters: Purchase only those heaters bearing the seal of Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Factory Mutual (FM) or another nationally recognized testing laboratory. Always use heating appliances according to manufacturer’s specifications. Make sure electric cords are in good condition. Adult supervision should always be maintained while space heaters are in use. Never leave a portable heater on when unattended and never use an oven to heat your home; it can deplete the oxygen level.