Tips That You Should Know for Furnace Safety
You know that your furnace is imperative to keeping your family warm during those cold Colorado nights. While your furnace can bring your family a lot of comfort, it can also bring them a lot of danger when it’s not used properly. We’re going to share with you some safety tips that you should be aware of in regard to your home’s furnace.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Close at Hand
While it’s unlikely that your furnace will catch fire, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the odd scenario. Having a fire extinguisher close can help ensure that you’ll be able to react quickly if a fire does crop up. While your first instinct may be to attach your fire extinguisher next to your furnace, you ought to think twice. Give some serious consideration to its location. If your furnace is on fire, you need to have your fire extinguisher in a place that is relatively close but where you can still access it without getting burned by the flames.
Store Chemicals at a Distance
It’s not uncommon for people to want to store their excess chemicals in the basement. Chemicals like paint thinner can have nasty odors that you don’t want to stink up your house. However, if you store your chemicals anywhere near your furnace, those odors can get sucked up into your ventilation system. This system will end up dispersing that nasty odor throughout all the rooms in your home.
Keep Items Away
For your furnace to work optimally, it needs to have open airflow around the indoor unit. If you utilize the area around your furnace for storage, it can restrict the flow of air. This can not only make your furnace work harder, but it can also pose a fire hazard. It’s best to leave adequate space around your furnace to ensure that it can breathe properly.
You should be vacuuming the room that your furnace is in at least once per month. Any excess debris like pet hair or lint can create the perfect material to start a fire. Letting this excess debris pile up near your furnace is just asking for an interior fire.
Test Your CO and Smoke Alarms Regularly
It’s necessary to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when you’re running your furnace. These help to alert you if there is a fire or if your furnace is accidentally producing carbon monoxide gas. You should push the test button on each one of these alarms every month to ensure that they’re working correctly. It’s highly recommended that you change out their batteries every six months.
Know Your Fuel Shut-Off Valve
Your furnace runs on a particular type of fuel. It can be propane, natural gas or even oil. It’s important that you take the time to learn where your fuel shut-off valve is. This way, if there is a problem with your furnace or there is a leak, you can immediately shut the fuel off.
Install Adequate Lighting
Most furnaces are in the basement where there is not a lot of lighting. It’s a good idea to install more lighting in the area around your furnace so that you can clearly see its components. You don’t want to have an emergency and not be able to see what you’re doing.
Make Furnace Area Rules
If you have children, you need to be making some rules about the furnace. Your children should be told to keep a safe distance from the furnace so that they are not injured. In addition, it’s a good idea to explain the specific dangers of the furnace to your children. Don’t just assume that they know it’s dangerous to be around.
Keep Your Vents Open
You should be keeping all the vents throughout your home open. While it may not seem like a big deal to shut the vents in some rooms that you’re not using, it can be. In most HVAC designs, if you close more than 20% of your vents, it can cause an unsafe buildup of heat in your furnace. This can lead to costly furnace damage.
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