Keeping a Boiler Room Safe
To keep a boiler room safe, there are several things to keep in mind, some of which include the following:
1. The boiler room is not a storage area
A burner requires proper air circulation in order to prevent incomplete fuel combustion and production of carbon monoxide, so it is critical to keep the boiler room clean as well as clear of all unnecessary items.
2. The boiler room is dangerous
Make sure anyone who operates or maintains the boiler room is properly trained on all equipment, controls, safety devices, and up-to-date operating procedures.
3. Prevent problems before they happen
Before firing up a boiler, ensure the boiler room is free of all possibly dangerous situations, such as flammable materials or mechanical/physical damage to the boiler or related equipment. Be sure to also clear intakes and exhaust vents and check for deterioration and possible leaks.
4. Perform routine inspections
Have your boiler room and equipment inspected by a properly qualified inspector—for example, someone who holds a National Board commission.
5. Develop a maintenance schedule
Use log sheets, maintenance records, and manufacturers’ recommendations to establish a preventive maintenance schedule based on operating conditions. You also want to track past maintenance, repairs, and replacements performed on the equipment.
6. Create checklists
Establish a checklist for proper startup and shutdown of boilers and all related equipment according to manufacturers’ recommendations.
7. Don’t overlook automated systems
Observe equipment for a long period of time before allowing an automated operation to run with minimal supervision.
8. Always think safety
Establish a periodic preventive maintenance and safety testing program that follows the latest standards as well as the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Lastly, it is a good idea to look a boiler over every single day. If you see leaks, contact a professional—you do not want to take any chances.