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Beware carbon monoxide – it’s a silent killer

Do you use a gas heater?

Gas heaters are great for keeping warm but they can be deadly if not maintained properly.

If gas heaters are faulty or poorly maintained they can leak carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can be lethal as it can’t be seen and has no smell. It can cause death or chronic illness.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in any home or building with gas heating appliances, including newer ones.

Don’t get cold feet this winter

Every year Energy Safe Victoria runs a campaign called “Cold Feet” to help keep Victorians safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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. This includes wall units, central heating units, space heaters and gas log fires.

Get a gasfitter to check your heater

Keep your family safe this winter by arranging a gas heater 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 or by Googling and many advertise in local papers.

For more information, click here to download a brochure

Information for landlords and tenants

If you are a landlord or a tenant, download our brochure and find out about your rights and responsibilities for maintaining gas heaters, here.

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.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Malaise
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

For more information about diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning, click here.

The Chase and Tyler Foundation

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.

In May every year ESV and the Foundation hold awareness events around Melbourne during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.