Reminder: Check Heating Systems and Appliances
16 Jan 2019
As cold weather continues across UGI’s service territory, UGI employees have assisted customers on an increasing number of reports of carbon monoxide (CO) build-up inside homes and businesses.
UGI urges customers to have a qualified heating system professional check furnaces, water heaters and other internal combustion appliances. Having an annual check and service of your heating system and appliances will not only allow the unit to run more efficiently and reduce the possibility of a mid-winter breakdown, but it will also ensure the safe operation of the appliance.
Improperly functioning heating systems and appliances can produce carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuels. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.
CO poisoning can be fatal. Individuals who think they might be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning should immediately seek fresh air and prompt medical attention.
Additional steps residents can take to ensure the safe
operation of appliances include:
- Check that both internal and external combustion air vents are unobstructed.
- Ensure that equipment rooms or utility spaces are properly sized and provide appropriate levels of ventilation and air circulation around heating equipment and appliances to ensure their safe operation.
- Make sure working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are appropriately located within living spaces, and the batteries are fresh.
- Check for black stains visible on the outside of your chimney or flue. These stains can indicate a blockage allowing exhaust gas, including CO, to enter your home or workplace.
For more information regarding carbon monoxide safety, visit www.ugi.com/safety.