Beware carbon monoxide - it's a silent killer

ESV is urging all Victorian families to have their gas heaters serviced at least every two years to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

A new television and cinema campaign called "Cold Feet" shows that carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in any home or building with gas heating appliances, including newer ones.

Carbon monoxide can leak undetected from faulty, or poorly maintained heaters. Carbon monoxide can be lethal as it can't be seen and has no smell. It can cause death or chronic illness.

The key message of "Cold Feet" is that all types of gas heaters should be serviced a minimum of every two years by a registered gasfitter.

ESV works with The Chase and Tyler Foundation to raise awareness of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty gas heaters. Vanessa and Scott Robinson are the parents of Chase and Tyler Robinson, who died aged eight and 10 as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Mooroopna home in May 2010.

Keep your family safe this winter by arranging a service today with your local plumber/ gasfitter. Before you book, ask the gasfitter if they have the right equipment to test for carbon monoxide leakage.

Plumbers and gasfitters can be found in the Yellow Pages and many advertise in local papers.

Click HERE to Watch ESV's TV commercial. 


Information for doctors

ESV wants to remind medical practitioners about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It can be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are similar to many other ailments often seen during the cooler months.