Safe gas heating

Gas heating can be dangerous if you are using old or makeshift heaters that are not properly maintained.

One of the main issues is the carbon monoxide  found in fumes produced by gas burning appliances.

Carbon monoxide can leak from faulty heaters and can be lethal as it cannot be seen and has no smell.

What you can do to stay safe? 

  • Do not use outdoor heaters inside
  • Do not burn charcoal or BBQ coals for heating inside
  • If you are using gas heating, install  a flued heater
  • Ensure your heater is used  in a well ventilated area
  • Don't leave your heater unattended
  • Always supervise children around heaters
  • Have your heater installed and serviced by  a qualified gas-fitter
  • Have your heater serviced regularly (every two years) 

Symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the bloodstream and deprives the heart, brain and vital organs of oxygen.

Symptoms can include:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting and dizziness

Prolonged exposure to this gas can have severe consequences including falling unconscious and in some instances cause death.

If you think someone has been exposed to carbon monoxide then you should immediately contact the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

Further information 

Further information about the safe use of heaters can be found the NSW Fire and Rescue and NSW Health links below:

NSW Fire and Rescue - Safe use of heaters and open fires

NSW Health  - Gas heater health and safety warning 

NSW Health - Unflued gas heaters

NSW Fair Trading - Gas appliance safety 

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Page last updated: 04 Sep 2023