A boiler explosion can be a terrifying event. If you are not familiar with what to do when one occurs, it can seem like the end of the world. In this blog post, we will discuss what causes boiler explosions, how to prevent them, and what to do if one does occur. Stay safe!
How common are boiler explosions?
Boiler explosions are not as common as one might think. In the United States, there are an estimated 20 to 30 boiler explosions each year. However, these incidents typically occur in industrial or commercial settings rather than in residential homes. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards associated with boilers and to take measures to prevent an explosion from occurring.
What causes boiler explosions?
Boiler explosions are most often caused by a buildup of pressure within the boiler itself. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as if the water level in the boiler gets too low, if the heat source is turned up too high, or if there is a blockage in the fuel line. When this happens, the pressure inside the boiler builds until it becomes too much for the boiler to contain. The result is a sudden release of pressure and an explosion.
What should I do if a boiler explosion occurs?
If a boiler explosion does occur, the first thing you should do is evacuate the area immediately. Do not try to fight the fire or shut off the gas supply yourself. Once you are safely away from the
How bad can a boiler explosion be?
Boiler explosions can be disastrous. They have been known to level entire buildings and kill anyone nearby. In 2017, a boiler explosion damaged one house in Massachusetts so severely that it had to be demolished.
How can I prevent a boiler explosion?
The best way to prevent a boiler explosion is to have your boiler regularly inspected by a qualified technician. They will be able to identify any potential problems and correct them before they cause an explosion.
Boiler explosions are most often caused by a buildup of pressure within the boiler itself. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as if the water level in the boiler gets too low, if the heat source is turned up too high, or if there is a blockage in the fuel line. When this happens, the pressure inside the boiler builds until it reaches a point where the boiler can no longer contain it.
If a boiler explosion does occur, what should you do?
If a boiler explosion does occur, it is important to stay calm and call for help. Turn off the gas or other heat source if, and only if, it is safe to do so. Evacuate the area as quickly as possible. Call 911 immediately, either after you have safely evacuated or while you are evacuating. Gas line explosions, if one occurs can take out an entire block. If the boiler explosion might cause a gas line explosion, you'll want to be a great distance away before that occurs.
Thankfully, boiler explosions are very rare, but you can prevent them with proper boiler maintenance. We recommend annual boiler maintenance every fall for our boiler customers.