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Carbon monoxide incident in St Albans

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01 Jul 2018
A woman has been taken to hospital after being exposed to carbon monoxide fumes this morning.

Firefighters were called to the incident at a home in Station Avenue, St Albans, just after 2am, following a request from Ambulance Victoria.

They arrived to find a woman suffering from what appeared to be carbon monoxide poisioning after an outdoor coal burning heater had been used inside the house.

She was taken to hospital and two other occupants were evacuated while MFB worked to ventilate the house and remove the heater.

MFB Station Officer Brendan Lee said using outdoor heaters or burners indoors was a significant risk.

"It’s a very dangerous practice and the consequences could be fatal," he said.

"These heaters are not designed to be used indoors. They don't have a flue so there is no ventilation and no way for the fumes to exit the house.

"Carbon monoxide is a colourless odourless gas so you won’t be able to detect it and you can’t rely on your smoke alarms to alert you to it."

Carbon monoxide safety tips:

·         You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide but it can be deadly.

·         It cannot be detected using a regular smoke alarm

·         Symptoms are often mistaken for flu and include headaches, dizziness or nausea

·         Ensure all gas heaters are serviced every two years at minimum by a registered gasfitter

·         Ask the gasfitter to test for carbon monoxide leakage


·         Don’t use outdoor burners or heaters inside


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