Jul 27th 2021
Gas appliance safety in the spotlight
Gas appliance safety in the spotlight.
Western Australia's gas safety regulator, Building and Energy, is running a campaign this winter on the importance of staying warm and safe by having gas heaters serviced regularly.
It is recommended that gas appliances be serviced by a licensed gas fitter at least every two years or annually if the equipment is more than ten years old.
Potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas can build up in faulty or misused gas heaters. Known as the 'silent killer' as it's invisible, tasteless and odourless, the campaign urges us to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and immediately seek medical attention if affected. Symptoms can range from headaches, fatigue, nausea and flu like systems to collapsing, heart irregularities, vomiting and seizures.
The campaign will run until mid-September. Search online for "safe and warm" or visit the campaign website at dmirs.wa.gov.au/safeandwarm.
The original article can be viewed on the WA Government website.
Don't DIY with electrical equipment.
Queensland businesses that sell certain types of electrical equipment to the public are now required to display 'Don't DIY' warning signs. The electrical safety campaign: DDIY – Don't Do It Yourself, promotes the importance of hiring a licensed electrician to install electrical equipment.
Fixed-wired electrical equipment
- air conditioners
- electric hot water systems
- ceiling fans
- light fittings
- socket outlets
- light switches
- electrical cable
- wall switches
- cord extension sockets.
Failure to display signs will result in penalties and fines.
The original release and 'how to' videos can be viewed on the Queensland Government website.
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