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Know the drill before you grill – ESV BBQ safety

Barbecue safety – Know the drill before you grill Last summer, there were over 100 dangerous barbecue fires involving LP Gas cylinders in Victoria. That’s more than one fire every day of summer. Some of those barbecue fires turned into house fires, resulting in serious burns and the loss and damage of family homes. So, to stay safe, know the drill before you grill. Get into the habit of doing a soapy water check. Squirt your gas connection with soapy…

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Battle against deadly CO poisoning from gas heaters heading to Melbourne

          VBA Media Release A statewide program to enhance the skills of plumbers who install and service gas heaters, ensuring households are not at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, heads to Melbourne next week. Training sessions will be held in Melbourne on Monday, 27 August and Tuesday, 28 August. The Victorian Building Authority, along with Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and Master Plumbers, will host a series of training sessions providing expert advice to registered and licensed…

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Open-flue gas heaters are potentially deadly and should be phased out, coroner finds

By Jessica Longbottom Hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly heaters across Australia should be banned and gas fitters forced to complete up to date carbon monoxide training, a Victorian coroner has recommended PHOTO: Ms Sofianopoulos died of carbon monoxide poisoning from her open-flue heater. Key points Ms Sofianopoulos died from carbon monoxide poisoning from her gas heater Coroner recommends open-flue gas heaters be phased out There are hundreds of thousands of open-flue heaters across Australia The recommendations came after an…

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Training Roadshow – Carbon Monoxide Safety Program

Training roadshow will prevent carbon monoxide poisoning A STATEWIDE program to enhance the skills of plumbers who install and service gas heaters, ensuring households are not at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning will be conducted across Victoria during August. The Victorian Building Authority, along with Energy Safe Victoria and Master Plumbers, will host a series of training sessions providing expert advice to registered and licensed gasfitters and Type A servicing plumbers on the latest techniques to accurately test for carbon…

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Parkes Gasfitter warns of heater dangers

In light of the mercury plummeting to minus five on more than one occasion in recent weeks, a local tradesman feels compelled to inform the public of the dangers of not having heaters serviced regularly. Plumber Gas Fitter John Gorton said he went to the home of an elderly couple recently and was shocked to find the house full of carbon monoxide. “The couple rang and said their flued gas heater wasn’t working so well and asked if I would…

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Three family members dead after horror find in NSW shed

THREE family members aged between 16 and 44 have died after being found unconscious in a shed out the back of their home in Broken Hill, New South Wales. Emergency services were called to the property on Creedon Street, in the northwest NSW mining town, about 4.30pm Thursday. The call-out came after a Cheryl Harvey reported that three people — husband Layne Harvey, 44, and their two sons Jakeb, 23 and Kurtis, 16 — were unconscious in a cellar beneath…

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