Now that winter is almost here, you'll be using your industrial boiler on a regular basis. Now's the time to make sure that you're prepared for emergencies. Here are four steps you can take to be prepared for a boiler emergency.
Have the Right Connections
When it comes to your industrial boiler, you need to have the right connections. If your boiler breaks down, your service crew may need to install a backup unit. To make that process easier, you should have external boiler connections installed on your building. This is particularly important if your main boiler is located inside the building. External boiler connections will allow for the installation of a backup boiler without interfering with the main unit.
Be Prepared for Fuel Problems
During the winter, you need to be concerned about the fuel source for your boiler. The last thing you want is to have a boiler that requires one specific type of fuel. Choosing a boiler that allows for the use of various types of fuel, including natural gas and propane, you won't have to worry if you're cut off from your main fuel supply this winter.
Provide Emergency Shutdown Training
When there's an emergency with the boiler, every second counts, especially when it comes to the safety of your employees. To make sure your employees know what to do in an emergency, plan monthly emergency shutdown training sessions. This will ensure that all your employees know how to shut down the boiler in an emergency.
Narrow the Line of Authority
When there are too many hands on deck, you can end up with serious problems. When it comes to boiler safety, you need to narrow the line of authority. This means that once someone gives the order to shut the boiler down, the same person is responsible for giving the order to start it back up again. That way, the person who caught the issue is able to sign off on it.
Have an Evacuation Plan in Place
When you're working in a confined space, and the boiler malfunctions, you've got to get your employees out quickly. The best way to do that is to have a clear evacuation plan in place. Once you've designed the evacuation plan, you and your employees need to practice at least once a month. Monthly evacuation practice will help you prepare for an emergency situation when every second counts.
Don't take chances with your boiler or employee safety. Use the tips provided here to ensure boiler safety.