Sticking to some basic but very important rules within the home will assist to protect you from the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Service all gas and fuel-burning appliances every 1 – 2 years by a qualified gasfitter / plumber. Ensure they are qualified for Type A Appliance Servicing work (check the back of their license), and have completed the carbon monoxide testing course.
- Ensure all chimneys and flues are swept and inspected annually.
- Always make sure there is enough fresh air in the room while operating your gas and fuel burning appliance.
- Have a qualified gasfitter install a high standard audible carbon monoxide alarm outside sleeping and living areas.
- Never bring an outdoor gas or fuel-burning appliance inside your home/tent or caravan.
- Never leave your car’s engine running idle in an enclosed space, i.e.,an attached garage to your home.
A carbon monoxide alarm can provide added protection against carbon monoxide in emergency situations. An alarm is NO substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances.