Grills, ovens not good sources of home heat: Help available for high heating bills

      EUGENE, Ore. - The best way to stay safe while heating your home during a cold snap: common sense.

      That's the advice from fire and life safety professionals in Lane County.

      If it's meant to be used outdoors - like a BBQ - don't bring it inside.

      Also: Don't try to warm up your house with your oven.

      We wouldn't warn you if somebody hadn't already done it - with disastrous consequences.

      So if you can't afford to pay your heating bill, explore whether you qualify for help paying your heat bill.

      You could also explore volunteering at a warming center for the homeless.

      If you're warming up your car, do it in a well ventilated area.

      And don't leave a running car unattended: it's an invitation to theft - and, in some jurisdictions, could technically be a violation of city code. Consider:

      Eugene City Code 5.255 Leaving Unattended Vehicle. No operator or person in charge of a vehicle
      shall park it or allow it to be parked on a street, on other premises open to
      the public, or on a new or used car lot without first stopping the engine,
      locking the ignition, removing the ignition key from the vehicle and effectively
      setting the brake. If the vehicle is attended, the ignition key need not be
      (Section 5.255 amended by Ordinance No. 17690, enacted June 28, 1976 and Ordinance No.
      18937, enacted March 8, 1982.)