Pilot lights are found on gas-powered items including furnaces, ovens, and water heaters. The light must remain on at all times to prevent the dangers of blowing up the home when the gas continues to flow, and the light is out. The process of lighting the pilot is a short one, but it requires specific guidelines for your safety. You should read and understand these rules before you proceed to extinguish or light a pilot light.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Many of the newer units have emergency shut-off features in case the flame dies out, but some don't. It is advisable to check your light annually to be sure it is always on. If you don't see a blue flame, it is important to turn off the gas supply.
As part of the annual inspection, you should have someone check the chimneys used to expel the gasses for any joints or other items that might have worked loose.
If the Light Goes Out
For safety, you should open the home's doors and windows so the gas can escape. If the odor is overwhelming, you probably should notify the gas company or fire department if you believe your health is at risk from the fumes or a fire is possible.
If the pilot light is out, the range knob should be turned off. You will need to let the gas disintegrate before you try to relight it. When relighting a stove burner unit, you should always first strike the match, and place it on the burner before you turn the range's knob in the on position.
The flame should never be orange or red because that would be an indication it is too hot.
What About Aerosol Sprays?
You should be careful when using any combustible product such as an insect fogger around the pilot lights. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acclaims to placing the fogger bombs a minimum of six feet away from the pilot light. This will also decrease the chances of the container accidently falling/rolling near the open flame.
Always have an ABC fire extinguisher mounted safely, especially in the area where the gas unit is operational. However, you must also realize the extinguisher will only work efficiently in a small area.
Special care must be taken around any unit that has a pilot light attachment. The surrounding area should be clear and free of any clutter that could cause a fire or explosion. If you have a fire, it is essential to evacuate the house right away and call 911.
For more information, contact Advance Care Heating & AC LLC or a similar company.