With the cooler weather upon us, we draw to the attention of Canberrans safety concerns around the use of Vulcan Heritage and Pyrox Heritage gas heaters, they should not be used until tested by a qualified gas fitter.
There is a risk that the affected heaters produce increased indoor carbon monoxide levels under certain conditions.
In addition, the combination of inadequate ventilation, as well as operating bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen range hoods at the same time as the heater, can draw carbon monoxide into living areas.
The risk is increased if the heater and associated components such as the flue are not regularly serviced.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas that may affect health if breathed in. Symptoms can include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, nausea, weakness, confusion or chest pain. Seek medical advice if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Anyone with a Pyrox or a Vulcan heritage gas heater should call Climate Technologies on (03) 8795 2462.
For people living in ACT public and social housing who think they may have one of these heaters installed, please call Total Facility Manager, Spotless call centre immediately on (02) 6207 1500.
For more information visit Access Canberra www.act.gov.au/fairtrading.
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