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Carbon Monoxide, do you know what to do?

Carbon Monoxide is a toxic colourless and odourless gas that can be fatal.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning which can include persistent tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness should seek medical attention immediately. In the case of emergency, dial triple zero (000).

You should avoid the use of external heating or cooking devices inside your home.  This includes: 

  • braziers,
  • solid/gas fuel BBQs,
  • and portable heaters that use heat beads, briquettes or LPG or oil as a fuel source. 

This equipment is not suitable for indoor use and can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide (CO) which could be fatal.

All heating devices should be used in conjunction with the manufacturers specifications.

While ethanol fireplaces do not require flues or chimneys, the room must be adequately ventilated. Without sufficient oxygen the ethanol will not burn properly and may produce Carbon Monoxide.

Any appliance that uses gas, oil, kerosene, or wood can produce Carbon Monoxide, and operating appliances like gas and wood/briquette heaters in poorly vented areas, or where chimney and flue-pipes are blocked, can increase the chances of Carbon Monoxide being produced.

Carbon Monoxide gas can build up in unventilated rooms and people can inhale it without realising, so it is important to make sure that there is adequate ventilation with fresh air and that all gas appliances are serviced by a licensed gasfitter at the manufacturers recommended service intervals or at least once every two years.

For further information please visit the Energy Safe Victoria websitewww.esv.vic.gov.au/campaigns/beware-carbon-monoxide/ 

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