Keep Pilot Light Lit
If your gas heater has a furnace pilot light, it’s important to make sure this stays lit. If unlit, refer to the manufacturer’s manual or website for the exact instructions on lighting it. They can vary slightly.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The first part of carbon monoxide safety is owning a working carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly and you should be examined by a healthcare provider promptly if you experience these symptoms:
- chest pain
- feeling sleepy
- shortness of breath
If these symptoms occur or worsen during heat usage, they may be linked to your heating system. Have your gas heater checked by a professional right away.
Watch for Overheating
An overheating gas heater should be addressed right away, as it can cause fires or explosions. If you suspect overheating, all people and pets should leave the home and call the fire department to inspect.
Signs of Overheating:
- pressure/temperature gauge too high
- heater won’t turn off
- heater is cherry red
- heater leaks water or steam
Provide Adequate Ventilation
Air circulation is extremely important when using a gas heater. Fresh air coming in can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, proper airflow means the fumes are going outside instead of staying in,
Clean Your Gas Heater Regularly
Keep your gas heater free of dust and other debris. This ensures it is running properly and keeps the air circulation cleaner. Surface cleaning and dusting is important, as is having a technician annually clean the areas you cannot or should not access yourself.
Store Chemicals Away from Your Gas Heater
While it may seem convenient to keep heater solvents near where they will be used, they are safer kept away from the gas heater and only taken out when needed.
Follow Your Gas Heater’s Manual
Always read the owner’s manual for additional safety information. If you have lost it, you may be able to call the manufacturer or find it online.
Keep Kids Away from Gas Heater
Kids should never be allowed to touch or play near a gas heater. If you have smaller children, infant safety gates can be used for this purpose.
Don’t Use Without Inspection if Exposed to Floodwater
If your gas heater has been exposed to floodwater, be sure to have a technician inspect your heating system before using it again.
Have Your Gas Heater Serviced Annually
Every gas heater should be serviced by a technician at least once per year for safety. This can help prevent safety issues and keep it running smoothly.
Be sure to follow these safety guidelines when using your gas heater at home. You should always have it serviced by a local heating company annually, as when flooding or other damage is suspected.