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Winter warming warning

24 Jun 2019

 

People trying to tame the winter chill could be harming their health without realising it.

Dr Sheena Kakar from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s Public Health Unit is warning people to be cautious using some gas heaters indoors.

“Always make sure there is adequate ventilation in your household, particularly when using unflued gas heaters. Something as simple as leaving a window or door open to allow movement of air will help reduce the levels of potentially deadly carbon monoxide gas in the room,” says Dr Kakar.

She also reminds people to never use outdoor heating equipment inside as they produce very high levels of carbon monoxide.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. At higher concentrations it may cause impaired vision and coordination, confusion and can lead to the loss of consciousness.

“If you feel you are suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning immediately turn off your gas heater, remove yourself from the room and seek medical attention if required,” says Dr Kakar.

For more information unflued gas heaters please visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/unflued-gas-heaters.aspx