CO Awareness Week 2019

April 16, 2019 9:34 am Published by
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Don’t be alarmed! Carbon monoxide awareness week arms homeowners with safety tips

Carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer, is to be brought under the spotlight between 29th April and 5th May, marking CO Awareness Week 2019. The campaign aims to shed light on the dangers and ill-effects this gas can bring to Australian households, urging families and individuals to educate themselves long before alarm bells start to ring. The truth is, CO poisoning can affect anyone at any time, and preventing deaths is as easy as taking a few precautions and knowing how to look out for the signs.

Preventing CO Poisoning at Home 

Carbon monoxide is both odourless and colourless, making it incredibly difficult to spot without a special detector, which all homes should have installed. A licensed gasfitter (such as Newman Plumbing) will be more than capable of doing this for you, ensuring it works correctly and is located in an appropriate position. You shouldn’t try to fit an alarm yourself. When the alarm sounds, it’s important to go outside into fresh air as quickly as possible.

Of course, ideally, individuals need to do everything in their power to prevent the presence of CO in the first place. Carbon monoxide alarms are there as a safety net, but true safety begins with the services of a reliable plumber.

It’s important to have a gasfitter with an up to date licence check and service any of your fuel and gas burning appliances at least once every two years. Common offenders include things like heaters and boilers, which are used mostly in winter months, and BBQs during the summer. Chimneys, vents, and flues need to be unblocked to prevent the build-up of gas and smoke, and appliances designed for outdoor use should never be ignited in the house.

Signs to Look Out For

If you’ve taken the above precautions, it’s unlikely that you or your family will suffer from CO poisoning. However, it always pays to know the symptoms to look out for. These include:

– Dizziness and drowsiness
– Headaches or flu-like symptoms
– Chest pains
– Vomiting and nausea

Signs that your fuel-burning appliance could be emitting carbon monoxide could include yellow flames that burn lazily as well as black stains or marks that appear after use.

Get In Touch!

Here at Newman Plumbing, we’re committed to keeping you and your family safe from the dangers of the silent killer – carbon monoxide. We can provide you with reliable, licensed plumbers Melbourne eastern suburbs wide, whenever you need them. Don’t risk your health this CO Awareness Week, give us a call.

 

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