While we’re still depending on our furnaces and fireplaces to keep us warm, here are a few safety fast-facts to keep top of mind, courtesy of Enbridge Gas Distribution:
For your fireplace:
• Be careful near your fireplace – the glass window and ceramic surfaces stay hot long after the fireplace has been turned off.
• Teach your kids that touching natural gas appliances, especially a hot natural gas fireplace, is dangerous.
• Make sure your fireplace is cool before cleaning the glass – wiping hot glass with a damp cloth can crack it.
• Never use a fireplace with cracked glass until it’s been inspected or replaced by a licensed Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractor.
• If your pilot light goes out, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to safely relight it.
For your furnace:
• Check your furnace filter regularly (every three months), and clean or replace it when it is dirty.
• Have your natural gas furnace inspected annually by your licensed HVAC contractor.
• Keep flammable materials away from both your furnace and your fireplace.
• Make sure there’s adequate air supply in your furnace room. Without enough fresh air, fuel doesn’t burn as cleanly, which could cause it to release toxic gases like carbon monoxide.
Learn more about safety at www.enbridgegas.com/safety.