Heed the Warnings: Understand the Risks of Using a Natural Gas Furnace
Despite the advantages of having a natural gas furnace for home heating, potential dangers should always be considered. These inherent dangers may occur due to various causes such as faulty furnace systems, accidental fires, and electric circuits.
Faults or leaks in the furnace system can cause deadly emissions to enter the home. Carbon monoxide and methane can be poisonous and irritating to household occupants. Fast action needs to be taken should a musty smell of gas be detected. The main power supply should be switched off and all members of the household should evacuate the home. The gas company should be notified immediately and medical assistance sought.
Similarly, improper storage of materials in the furnace room can be a potential fire threat. Dangerous elements such as gasoline, cleaning powders and solutions, paper, and wood should never be stored near the furnace as these can trigger combustion and even cause explosions.
Additionally, having electrical circuits as part of the furnace system increases the fire threat. Failing to disconnect the main power supply when performing maintenance work can cause electrical shock or even death. Gas companies usually advise having the furnace serviced annually to ensure the safety of the system and household.
Finally, carbon monoxide detectors should be fitted in the home as an added safety precaution, especially when using a natural gas furnace. They will quickly alert household occupants of any fault or leak in the system. Regular maintenance of the unit and proper gas furnace care can help to minimize safety threats and ensure the safe running of the furnace.