In almost any industrial or manufacturing facility, the boiler room is one of the most important areas needed to keep everything running smoothly day and night. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous areas if not properly maintained. Rather than find yourself facing an unexpected and potentially catastrophic emergency, follow these maintenance and safety tips for your boiler room.
It’s Not a Storage Room
To begin with, remember that the boiler room is not a storage room that should be allowed to get cluttered up. Instead, it’s a boiler room that requires enough room for proper air circulation. If this doesn’t happen, the result can be a buildup of carbon monoxide or a fire getting started, both of which can be life-threatening situations.
Keep a Maintenance and Operations Log
To make sure everyone is aware of what has transpired during each shift and any problems that may have sprung up along the way, keep a maintenance and operations log that is very detailed. By doing so, maintenance personnel will be able to spot small problems before they become bigger ones, which in the long run can save money and possibly lives.
Perform Regular Maintenance and Inspections
To keep a boiler running efficiently and safely, always perform regular maintenance and inspections on it and related equipment inside the boiler room. Once you have a maintenance schedule in place, make sure it does not just collect dust, but instead is followed on a regular basis. A burner service is something that is often provided by third-party companies. That way you don’t have to worry about training personnel or hiring personnel that specializes in servicing the burner on your plant. Also, when having inspections done on the boiler, it is usually best to have a third party conduct these since they can sometimes spot problems that others may have overlooked.
Keep an Eye on New Equipment
If your facility’s boiler has recently undergone repairs or you have had new equipment installed, keep a close eye on everything to make sure all systems are working as expected. While you and others may breathe a sigh of relief following repairs or the installation of new equipment, this is actually a very critical period where unexpected problems can develop. Therefore, don’t take anything for granted and assume everything is perfect.
Conduct Emergency Training
Finally, always make sure you and other boiler room personnel are trained on the latest emergency procedures, such as how to shut off equipment, use fire extinguishers, and other actions that may be needed should a dangerous situation take place.
By making regular maintenance and safety a top priority for your boiler room, you can have peace of mind and equipment that is efficient and safe.
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