5 safety tips before you fire up your furnace - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5 safety tips before you fire up your furnace

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The first cold front of the season is on its way to Lubbock this week, with temperatures expected to dip into the 30s and 40s. The Lubbock Fire Marshall offers the following safety tips as people crank up their furnaces for the first time:

Furnace Safety Check

First, check your air filter and replace it if necessary. A clogged filter restricts air flow, making it work harder and put out less heat.

Second, check the blower belt for cracks or frays, and then make sure the doors are replaced properly to keep carbon monoxide from escaping.

Third, make sure vents around your home are clear to make sure air circulates.

Fourth, check that the exhaust flue is clear, with all connections securely fastened and make sure any flammable objects are moved from around the furnace.

Fifth, the Fire Marshal's Office wants folks to make sure they have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector this season.

We'll have more tips for you tonight at 5 and 6.

Copyright 2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11

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