Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:17 AM
nadinbrzezinski (150,312 posts)
PSA: Cal Fire and East County Magazine offer heating safety reminders for cold weather
January 13, 2013 (Pine Valley) – Firefighters battling a blaze at a mobilehome park in the 27500 block of Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley last night discovered a man’s body inside after extinguishing the blaze. Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson detectives have ruled out foul play.
Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler told ECM that investigators are looking at several potential causes, including the possibility that the victim may have perished due to an old or improperly used heating device in last night’s sub-freezing temperatures.
Here are important safety tips to stay warm and safe during cold weather:
If you use a floor heater, be sure it’s a newer model that will shut off automatically if it tips over.
Never run a floor heater if you’re not home and always turn it off before you go to bed.
Keep flammable items such as papers and draperies away from the floor heater. Check the minimum distances on all sides for your unit. Be sure flammable items are not close enough to fall onto the heater.
Last night when we heard the call go over the radio, I told editor this was likely the case. Too many years of EMS...and Pine Valley was down to 25. Please, stay warm, but be careful.
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