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Heating your home safely with gas

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 or cause chronic illness.

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.

ESV works with The Chase and Tyler Foundation to raise awareness of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty gas heaters.

Learn more about ESV’s campaign on carbon monoxide poisoning, Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer.’

For more information, click here to read our brochure of CO.

Get heaters and chimneys checked by a gasfitter

Look after yourself and your family by having all brick chimneys and gas heaters (including space and room heaters and decorative log fires), checked for CO spillage by a licensed gasfitter this winter, and every two years afterwards, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

While brick chimneys are designed to safely remove combustion products from the home, they can deteriorate over time. Any holes in the mortar or brick work may stop the chimney drawing properly. If the fault is significant, it may create back pressure and push toxic carbon monoxide into living areas.

Arrange 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.

Safe heating tips with gas

Gas is an efficient and clean way to heat your home.

  • Make sure that your heating system is installed and maintained by a licensed gasfitter
  • Every two years have your gas heater serviced, including checking and cleaning the fan
  • Ask your gasfitter for a Compliance Certificate on completion of any installation work
  • Consider replacing old appliances (20+ years)
  • Avoid buying second-hand appliances

Don’t get cold feet this winter

  • Every year ESV runs a campaign called “Cold Feet” to help keep Victorians safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Watch our Cold Feet TV commercial, here.

Prohibited installations

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.

Financial assistance for the replacement of open flued instantaneous gas water heaters

ESV offers a grant of $500 to contribute to the cost of replacing open flued instantaneous gas water heaters, installed in a toilet or a bathroom in the home.

The use of these water heaters in a confined living space can expose occupants to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

This grant is open to Aged Pension card holders and Healthcare card holders only.

Please complete the Application for Assistance Form and send to ESV for processing.

    Energy Safe Victoria
    PO Box 262,
    Collins Street West VIC 8007

Or scan and email the form to info@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to gas safety in the home, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on info@energysafe.vic.gov.au.