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Boiler Basics (cont.)

If resetting these devices does not start your boiler call your boiler professional for assistance.

Reminder: Do not bypass any safety devices in an effort to start your boiler.

Causes of Boiler Room Accidents

Boiler systems are designed for safety and efficiency. The key to safe boiler operation is the operator. Armed with some basic knowledge about boiler systems and maintenance the boiler operator can ensure years of safe, reliable service.

History has shown that without proper operation and maintenance, boiler conditions and safety deteriorate, causing potential hazards due to neglect and misunderstanding.

Routine maintenance is well within the ability of most boiler operators. Boiler tune up and repairs however are best left to trained professionals. Understanding when to turn to qualified professionals for assistance is an operators first responsibility.

Here are some problem areas where trained professionals are needed:

Common Boiler Room Accidents

Dry Fire Accidents: Dry fire accidents are also called boiler meltdowns. These accidents occur when the boiler is allowed to operate without adequate water in the boiler. Functioning low water cutoffs are essential to preventing dry fire accidents. Boiler damage can run from severe buckling and deforming of the boiler to complete meltdown or potential boiler explosion.

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