Freezing Temperatures Prompt Warning From Firefighters

Residents should check their space heaters, furnaces and fireplaces

By Gordon Tokumatsu
|  Monday, Nov 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:24 PM PDT
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With freezing temperatures expected in the Antelope Valley early Tuesday morning, the LA County Fire Department is warning people to be extra careful as they try to keep warm. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Palmdale for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012.

Gordon Tokumatsu, Tom Bravo

With freezing temperatures expected in the Antelope Valley early Tuesday morning, the LA County Fire Department is warning people to be extra careful as they try to keep warm. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Palmdale for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012.

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Even though residents in the Antelope Valley are used to wild weather fluctuations, the LA County Fire Department is still warning everyone to be extra careful as they contemplate ways to stay warm.

With freezing temperatures expected early Tuesday morning, the fire department wants people to consider the safety of their indoor heating options.

For instance, never use smoke-producing open flame sources, such as hibachi grills, indoors.

When it comes to other options, like space heaters, make sure they're in good working condition and do not produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and go unnoticed, even while sleeping.

"A lot of people use space heaters," said Inspector Brian Riley, with the LA County Fire Department. "We recommend that if you do, you keep them at least three feet away from any type of combustible materials, which is almost anything, but specifically bedding, drapes and clothing."

The fire department recommends people check their furnaces and fireplaces, as well.

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