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Safety Alert- Winter is Coming- Heater Carbon Monoxide Can Kill- Safety Warnings

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19 May 2016

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said consumers should consider several cold weather safety warnings as temperatures start to drop with the onset of autumn and pay heed to recent heater recalls of dual burner butane stoves.

Winter is coming,” he said. “Stay warm safely by observing safety cautions and warnings on your purchases.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer, so beware of the potential risks in using some forms of gas heating. Do you get headaches in winter when using heaters? Dizzy? Have you had your gas heater serviced?

Faulty or poorly maintained gas appliances can produce deadly carbon monoxide. Always have a source of fresh air entering the room when using un-flued gas heaters. Check on your elderly relatives because they may not realise their heater could be making them unwell. Don’t use un-flued heaters in bedrooms.

Gas heaters must be certified and should be serviced every two years or in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If a gas heater produces a pungent odour, a sooty flame or the flame is yellow in colour, stop using it immediately and get it serviced.

To read the full warning, click here.

To download the Gas Heater Factsheet , click here.