SoCalGas And L.A. Fire Department Share Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

     SoCalGas And L.A. Fire Department Share Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As temperatures drop and residents
look for ways to heat their homes, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
increases. This why Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Los Angeles
Fire Department (LAFD) are reminding the public about important safety tips to
reduce the risk of CO exposure. 

CO poisoning can occur as a result of a poorly ventilated heater or a CO leak
from another source. Symptoms can include nausea, headaches, paralysis and
even death. Southland residents should remember the following tips to help
prevent CO poisoning:

  oNever use a gas oven, portable barbeque or range for space heating.
  oCarbon monoxide poisoning can occur as a result of a poorly ventilated
    heater. Have natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a
    licensed heating contractor or SoCalGas.
  oVacuum and clean regularly in and around the furnace, particularly around
    the burner compartment to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.
  oNever store items in, on or around the appliance that can obstruct
    airflow.
  oIf you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from CO poisoning,
    call 911 immediately
  oVisit socalgas.com/safety for more information on staying safe.

About Southern California Gas Co.

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and
reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the
nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9
million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500
communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000
square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the
Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:
SRE).

About the Los Angeles Fire Department

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is a full-spectrum life safety agency
protecting approximately 4 million people who live, work and play in America's
second largest city. The LAFD's 3,239 uniformed personnel protect life,
property and the environment through their direct involvement in fire
prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous
materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community
service. Your firefighters are always on-duty citywide at 106 Neighborhood
Fire Stations strategically located across the Department's 470 square-mile
jurisdiction. Last year alone, the men and women of the LAFD proudly responded
713,762 times to come to the aid of their neighbors in need.

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SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.

Website: http://www.socalgas.com
Contact: Angela Fentiman, Southern California Gas Co., (877) 643-2331,
socalgas.com/news-room; or Captain Jaime Moore, LAFD Public Information
Officer, (213) 978-3820
 
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