Pay attention to your gas heater

Posted: July 9, 2010 by DIY Big Boss in Fireplace / Surrounds / Gas Heaters / Hearths, Heating / Cooling / A/C
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When the clocks go forward with daylight savings we now instinctively change the batteries in our smoke alarms.  It is a safety routine that keeps our families safe in the unlikely event of a house fire.  But what about our gas heaters?

Earlier this year detectives found two boys dead in their home in Victoria’s north-east, and although the finding is not yet back from the Coroner, the verdict, as a result of tests conducted by an Energy Safe Victoria inspector is that the deaths were likely caused by a faulty appliance. That appliance is most likely a standard gas heater.

So with the stakes so high, how can we ignore this?

Well, the reality is that until this event, I didn’t even think about my Gas heater.  I just didn’t realise there was such a large risk associated with it.

So I start looking and found that over the past few years there have actually been six deaths in Victoria from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with gas heaters.  But why?

Basically a faulty gas heater can cause carbon monoxide to be produced, which is invisible and has no smell or taste.  A heater could be faulty if it has an obstruction in the flue terminal or the ventilation is inadequate.

So what should you do?

Basically it is a simple message, have your appliances checked to ensure they are safe before each winter and service them at least every two years.  If you see a yellow or sooty flame, it is a clear sign that something is amiss with your heater.  Do not use it.

Be safe with gas this winter and read up on using gas wisely in the informative  Energy Save Victoria (ESV) important safety notice.

If your gas heater is faulty, or you think it is time you replaced it, the DIY Bargain Bin has gas heaters and other types of heating options available.

  1. […] * Get your gas appliances checked at least every two years.  See our earlier article here about paying attention to your gas heater. […]

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