Carbon Monoxide Awareness week runs from 1st – 7th of May.
This is a time where we can all learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how we can prevent it in our homes, schools and offices.
Below is a list of appliances that produce Carbon Monoxide:
- Gas Heaters
- Water Heaters
- Clothes Dryers
- Kitchen Ranges
- Ovens or Cooktops
- Wood burning stoves
- Gas Refrigerators
- Pilot Lights
What is Carbon Monoxide
Unlike other gases, carbon monoxide has no smell and it can’t be seen. This makes it close to impossible to detect, which is why carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as the silent killer. Carbon Monoxide is formed from the burning of fuel in appliances or machines. This is then leaked into the air that we breathe.
The Chase and Taylor Foundation say “all people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning” making it an issue for all. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause brain injury and pregnant women, elderly and children are even more susceptible to such injuries.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Early symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning are very similar to flu symptoms. This means that you won’t always have a clear idea of what is happening to you. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting and light-headedness. If more than one person falls sick with the same symptoms it is best to call for emergency assistance.
How Can I Protect My Home from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
1. Heater Service
Get your heater serviced every two years as recommended by Energy Safe Victoria. This will allow the detection of leaks and clear out the dust and build up that can be found inside a heater. It is this build up that can attribute to incomplete combustion and create carbon monoxide.
2. Check ventilation systems
Ventilation of our appliances should send all exhausts outside of the home. If you have a bigger appliance you will need greater ventilation. If there is a break or a blockage in the vent this could lead to an incomplete combustion which creates carbon monoxide. This is why it is important to check your ventilation systems regularly.
3. Carbon Monoxide Test
A simple carbon monoxide test can identify if any of your appliances are faulty and could be a possible source of carbon monoxide poisoning. Plum is running a promotion where we are doing FREE Carbon Monoxide Test with every heater service throughout May.
For bookings, click here or Contact us on (03) 8360-9622
Read our blog Carbon Monoxide Testing for more information.
Update: Tenants have been warned by Energy Safe Victoria NOT to use their Heaters due to Carbon Monoxide. Read the full article.