Misuse or breakage of a gas or oil furnace can cause a fire.


Have your unit installed by a qualified heating contractor.

Make sure the oil tank is installed at least 1.8 m from the furnace.

Provide sufficient fresh air when the unit is in operation, for example by leaving a window ajar.

Clear the area around the unit of all objects and ensure that air can flow freely to it.

Do not store flammable or combustible materials such as paper, chemicals, or paint nearby.

Make sure you have enough smoke detectors in all the right places.

Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in the room where the gas or oil furnace is located and on each floor in the vicinity of nearby bedrooms.

Keep a portable fire extinguisher on hand and learn how to use it.

Tips for use

Use the correct type of fuel for the unit and fill to the recommended level.

Temporary heaters and generators should only be used outdoors unless the exhaust is properly directed to the outside.

Kerosene heaters must be completely cooled before refilling. Fill them outside, away from any heat source.

Maintenance and chimney sweeping

Each year, clean the control compartments, burners, and airflow pipes of the unit. Refer to the manufacturer's manual, which may recommend more frequent cleaning.

After cleaning, replace the fireplace safety screen before restarting the unit.

Do not use a gas fireplace with glass doors if the glass material is cracked or broken.

Clean or replace furnace filters regularly during the heating season.

Have your oil-burning fireplace swept at least once a year, in the spring or fall. Contact a heating professional who has the necessary knowledge and expertise.

Natural gas and propane furnaces generally do not require sweeping, but you should have them inspected annually. You may need to have them swept if you notice a build-up of creosote.