9 Safety Tips for Living with a Floor Furnace

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A floor furnace is a home heating system fueled by gas. Furnaces can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly. To maintain a safe living environment, practice the nine safety tips below.

1. Thermostat Location

To provide accurate furnace temperature readings the thermostat must be located in the same room as the furnace grill. Never install the thermostat in a separate room.

2. Leaking Gas

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Sometimes, a faulty vent or gas line may emit gas. If you smell gas around the furnace, do not light a match, candle or any sort of flame. Any lit fire can easily cause an explosion when there is a gas leak.

A hissing or whistling noise is a sure sign of leaking gas. However, it may be more difficult to determine the gas leak at other times. It is best to use soapy water to detect the exact spot of the leak.

First turn off the gas. Fill a spray bottle with some soapy water and spray the gas connections. Turn on the gas. Wherever you notice bubbles, this indicates a gas leak.

Do not light any appliance when you detect a gas leak. Avoid all electrical switches and phone usage in the entire house. Leave the house before calling your gas supplier or fire department.

3. Leaking Floor

Always be alert for any signs of water leakage. Water can infiltrate into the furnace and disrupt the control system. Any water leakage, especially in the floor, is a danger to the furnace.

Turn off the gas and call for a service technician to inspect the furnace. Any part that has been infiltrated by water will have to be replaced.

4. Ventilation

Always ensure the air flow in your household is proper. Combustion and venting particularly require adequate air. Bad air flow will hamper the furnace's efficiency.

5. Children and Pets

Always take care to keep your children and pets away from the furnace, especially the grill. This gets extremely hot during operations. Close contact can cause severe scalds or burns.

6. Vacuum Regularly

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This is a good practice that will help prevent accumulation of lint in your furnace. Be sure to always keep the burner compartment clean. This will minimize the risk of accidental fires.

7. Don't Block Grills

It is a dangerous practice to block the air flow from the grills in any way. Do not place household items such as clothes, rugs, or furniture over the grills. This can easily trigger a fire which may destroy your house.

8. Gasoline, Flammable Liquids, and Vapors

Do not store any of the above items near the furnace. These items can easily cause a fire or explosion. Grave injuries can result as well as extensive destruction of your property.

9. Performance Check

Have a qualified engineer or service person undertake a regular check on the furnace and venting system. This can be done once or twice a year.

When not well installed and maintained, a venting system can result in carbon dioxide poisoning. A regular check will forestall any dangerous emissions.

It will also identify any other defects or faults in the system. Corrective measures can then be effected.