Big Bear Lake, CA, January 4, 2012 – The CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit and Smokey Bear want to wish you a safe and prosperous 2013. To help out with that, Smokey Bear has provided his 2013 New Year’s fire safety resolutions. First and foremost, always think fire safety. As we begin the New Year with very cold weather, remember to be careful in how you heat your home. If you use portable space heaters, remember to follow all safety requirements. Make sure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working. If you use your fireplace regularly, make sure that it’s properly cleaned and don’t overload it with wood. When you clean out the ashes from the fireplace, place them in a metal container, water them down, and place the container away from the home or garage. Smokey says “always plan to be fire safe in whatever you do this year. Think about where you are, and what you’re doing, and what could happen if you’re careless with fire. Those few extra moments thinking about fire safety could mean the difference in preventing a fire from starting that might endanger you, your loved ones, property and the environment”.