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Cannon Fitzroy and Canterbury inbuilt gas heaters safety alert

A safety alert has been issued relating to Cannon Fitzroy and Canterbury inbuilt gas heaters built between 20 March 2001 and 8 October 2009.

Laboratory testing suggests that it may be possible that Cannon Fitzroy or Canterbury inbuilt gas heaters built between 20 March 2001 and 8 October 2009 under AGA Approval 6118 could produce potentially hazardous levels of carbon monoxide if the heater is subjected to certain conditions, including the operation of rangehoods and other exhaust fans.  This risk may be increased if the inbuilt heater has not been installed properly, or if it has not been serviced regularly, or if your house is tightly sealed.

The build date and AGA Approval number of the heater appear on the heater’s ratings label, which is located within the lower fan chamber, and which a suitably qualified person can access by removing the lower fascia panel of the heater.

If you think you have one of these inbuilt gas heaters, you should not use it until you have had it checked by an authorised Cannon service technician to ensure that the operation of exhaust fans or the installation of the heater does not affect the safety of your heater.  You or your technician should call Cannon on 1800 035 410  with any questions or concerns.

CLICK HERE for further information

Get gas heaters serviced to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

ESV is launching a new television ad to remind all Victorians of the need to get gas heaters serviced every two years to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Click HERE to see it. 

 

Recall of five butane canister "lunchbox" cookers

The ACCC has now recalled five types of butane canister or "lunchbox" cookers due to safety concerns. The cookers do not comply with the Australian Standard and their safety devices may fail if they overheat, posing a risk that they may catch fire or explode.

Click on the below links to the ACCC website to see details of the products that have been recalled:

AHM Limited - Campmaster twin burner portable butane gas cooker sold at Masters Home Improvement stores

Austcrown Pty Ltd - Auscrown AD90 handy range

Chens Bros Trading Pty Ltd - butane gas cooker

Oztrail - The Anywhere Stove portable butane gas cooker

Sitro Group Australia - Twin portable butane cooker

For more information click HERE.

Free carbon monoxide testing courses

Carbon monoxide can be deadly – are you up to date with best practise test procedures?
 
Master Plumbers, in partnership with the Victorian Building Authority and ESV, is pleased to present free Carbon Monoxide testing courses for Victorian plumbers.
 
This training course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to use carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment and complete the practical procedure to test gas appliances for CO emissions.
 
The course will cover the process you should follow to identify situations that could result in CO spillage within a residence. It will reference the Gas Information Sheets no. 37 and 38 produced by ESV.
 
 

Rooming house gas safety checklist

ESV has released a comprehensive gas safety checklist for rooming houses.

Gasfitters can click HERE for further information. 

 

Mandatory recall notice issued for Ecables branded power cable

ESV has issued a mandatory recall notice to Ecables Pty Ltd for copper clad aluminium (CCA) power cable with RE110 insulation supplied since 2011. ESV and Ecables are in the process of finalising the recall strategy to be actioned in 2015.

The recall notice relates to all sizes and configurations of power cable with RE110 insulation, which includes all SDI sizes 10mm2 - 630mm2 and multicore 6mm2 - 50mm2.

For further information click here.

National database of certified gas appliances and components

A national database of certified gas appliances and components is now available on the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC) website www.gtrc.vic.gov.au For further information please click here.

Infinity and Olsent brand electrical cables recalled

ESV wishes to advise that electrical retailers and wholesalers across Australia have recalled Infinity electrical cables.

The recall relates to all sizes and configurations of TPS and Orange Round Infinity mains power cables. Olsent power cables sourced from Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd are also included.

The cable has been recalled because testing has found that it is non-compliant, with poor quality insulation that will deteriorate prematurely and may cause fires or the risk of electric shock. Consumers can click here for more information. Electricians can click here for more information.

Read the ACCC press release here

Click here to read ESV's press release

 

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