Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Every year, many deaths are attributed to home heating hazards which cause fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other calamities. Here are some very important steps you can take to reduce or eliminate some heating safety hazards:
Steps You Can Take
First, check the area around your furnace. Is there adequate clearance all around the system? Or are you using the area for storage, thus limiting the system's air intake?
Next, notice any leaks or moisture sources near the furnace, or signs of rust in the furnace. Something as simple as condensation dripping from a cold water pipe onto the furnace can cause rust. Rust on the inside or outside, or along any of the vents is a carbon monoxide hazard. Other potential carbon monoxide hazards include animal or bird nests obstructing the flue, soot build-up, improper venting, and damage or deterioration to any vents.
Carbon Monoxide Dangers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an average of 430 deaths per year in the United States from unintentional, non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning. The older the furnace, the more likely there could be a problem. Carbon monoxide is a sneaky problem for many reasons.
Tips for Prevention
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, recommends these tips:
Following these important tips can keep illness or death from claiming your life or the lives of your loved ones.
Posted on 09/30/2015 11:53 PM by Tony Anderson
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