Furnace Safety

Important furnace recall information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Maintenance Counts!

It's important to maintain your furnace for safety and operating efficiency. The dangers of improper use or poor maintenance are carbon monoxide poisoning, excessive heat, fire. 

Floor furnace tips

Avoid lint build-up. 

  • Vacuum your floor furnace regularly.

Keep children safe. 

  • Keep children away from the grill, as it gets very hot.

Prevent fires.

  • Do not place rugs, furniture or combustible items over the grill or where they might block air flow.

Wall furnace tips

Maintain burners.

  • Clean burners compartment of built-in vented wall furnaces once a month during the heating season.

Central Gravity Furnace

Keep lint and dust free.

  • Keep furnace heat register free of lint and dust.

Maintain unobstructed airflow.

  • Don't store items nearby which might stop the airflow.

Avoid storage hazards.

  • Don’t store newspapers or cleaning equipment near the furnace.

Perform filter check monthly.

  • Check the filter monthly for lint build-up during periods of furnace use and clean or replace if necessary.

Maintain safe front panel / door position.

  • When installing a new or cleaned filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly.
  • Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place because doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Most newer forced-air furnaces have a safety switch that prevents furnace operation when the filter compartment door/panel is not in place.
  • Some older forced-air furnaces do not have a safety switch and can be operated with the filter compartment door/panel off or not properly in place.

Panel / door position and older furnaces installed in closets 

  • Older furnaces, when installed in a closet and operated with the panel/door not in place, will circulate carbon monoxide throughout the house.
  • Carbon Monoxide safety