Heating your home safely with gas
Gas is an efficient and clean way to heat your home. Find out how to safely enjoy the benefits of gas heating.
ESV provides the following tips on taking care of your heating appliance to ensure its safe use:
- Have your gas heater serviced, including checking and cleaning the fan, every two years
- Make sure that your heating system is installed and maintained by a licensed gasfitter
- Ask your gasfitter for a Compliance Certificate on completion of any installation work
- Consider replacing old appliances (20+ years)
- Avoid buying second-hand appliances
Certain appliances have been prohibited within the home, including:
- A flueless space heater operating on Natural Gas where combustible products are released less than 2.5m above floor level.
Carbon monoxide - the silent killer
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas that can be produced by faulty, unserviced gas heaters and it can be fatal.
Get brick chimneys and gas heaters checked this winter to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
ESV is urging all Victorians with gas heaters built into brick chimneys to have them tested for carbon monoxide spillage before winter. This includes space and room heaters and decorative log fires.
In the past decade nine Victorians have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, including brothers Chase and Tyler Robinson who died in their Mooroopna home in May 2010.
See ESV's media campaign on carbon monoxide poisoning, 'Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer', featuring Scott and Vanessa Robinson, Chase and Tyler's parents.