Boilers are more compact and efficient than ever before. Homes, commercial buildings and industrial occupancies that once required large heating boilers can now be heated using smaller and smaller boilers.
There is almost no downside to constructing boilers to be smaller and more efficient – at least, not as long as the boiler does not slip “out of mind” because it is so small that it’s “out of sight.”
The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry recently released an analysis of a catastrophic boiler explosion, This Boiler Was Too Small for Inspection. Photos in the report show walls, doors and equipment destroyed when the boiler exploded in a building used for a daycare center. As the report said, “The explosion and damage happened in less than a second, without warning, by a boiler that was rated too small for inspection.”
The report shows the importance of ongoing boiler service and safety inspections even when the boiler is too small to require inspections outlined by state or municipal code.
If you have a boiler in your home or business, periodic maintenance or service inspections are essential. Many heating companies offer service contracts that include a minimum of two inspections per year. These service inspections or “system tune-ups” are generally scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the heating and the cooling seasons.
This simple and economical step can prevent a potential catastrophic event by making sure that your boiler – regardless of how small and “out of sight” – will be seen regularly by a knowledgeable, professional inspector. Protect your home or business by assuring your boiler is maintained for safe operation.
This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article.