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Safety Tips To Prevent Furnace Fires

10/22/2013

Valerie Johannsen People & Brand Manager

Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home. Although many fires begin in the kitchen, heating systems are the number two cause of home fires.

Safety Tips

Here are a few safety tips you can follow to prevent fires caused by furnace heating:

  1. Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
  2. Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists.
  3. Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
  4. Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported and free of holes and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak.
  5. Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.

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