‘Tis the Season: Safety Tips for Winter

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News Date: 
December 12, 2018
Furnace pilot light

As the temperatures start dropping, Code Enforcement wants you to have safe winter season with this reminder to check your heater to ensure it is working properly. Did you know that every residential dwelling should have heating facilities that can maintain a minimum room temperature of 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms? Inspect the flame on your furnace to ensure it is in working order. A blue flame indicates that the appliance is working properly, and a yellow flame is a warning sign that the appliance is not burning properly and could be producing carbon monoxide. If you suspect a problem, contact PG&E immediately to have a service technician inspect.

Make sure you have functioning carbon monoxide alarms installed outside of sleeping areas and on each story of the dwelling. Smoke alarms should be installed in each sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on each story of the dwelling. Be sure to test these alarms on a weekly basis to ensure they are working properly.

Never use products inside that generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, such as generators, barbecues, propane heaters, and charcoal. Never use your stove or oven to heat your home. If you use your fireplace, be sure to have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year and keep a 3ft. safe zone around the fire. If you choose to use a space heater for additional heat, be sure to maintain a 3ft. safe zone around the heater and turn it off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season