Most people associate Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley with smoggy air, little rain, and uncomfortably high temperatures, oftentimes exceeding 100 °F for weeks at a time. However, as those of us who live in the Valley know, wintertime temperatures can be very cold, many times approaching or even going below the freezing mark, especially at night.
Those cold temperatures cause us to not only dress warmly, but also
to use other sources of heat, either to remain comfortable inside our
houses, while working in our garages, or sometimes when doing outdoor
activities, like camping. These sources include natural gas fired water
heaters, wood or gas burning fireplaces, gas cooking appliances, and at
times, portable electricity generators powered by gasoline. One of the
dangers of using all of these different pieces of equipment stems from a
very dangerous combustion product that forms when gas, wood, or
gasoline is burned. That product is carbon monoxide.
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