The upcoming winter months bring their own set of difficulties, making it all the more important to take precautions to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Residents of Adelaide bundle up with doonas, electric blankets, and gas heaters in anticipation of the coming winter. The increased risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter months highlights the need to have your gas heater serviced before the cold weather sets in.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place between April 27 and May 3, serving as a timely reminder to service your gas heaters for the winter season. With half of the Australian population unaware of carbon monoxide poisoning, questions like “What is carbon monoxide?” and “Why do we need to raise awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning?” frequently arise. In early 2020, bushfires and COVID-19 contributed to an increase in carbon monoxide cases. The improper use of generators during this period led to more instances of carbon monoxide poisoning, prompting the South Australian Government to issue warnings and recommendations.

If not properly maintained, gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that can have severe health consequences for those exposed. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide can be lethal without any apparent warning signs.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Increased levels of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream can lead to symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, and confusion. In severe cases, it can be fatal. This is why it’s crucial for homeowners and landlords alike to regularly inspect and maintain gas heaters to minimize the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and the role of the Chase Tyler Foundation

The Chase Tyler Foundation plays a significant role during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Chase and Tyler Robinson, sons of Vanessa and Scott Robinson, tragically died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Mooroopna, Victoria, rental home in May 2010. This heartbreaking event led Vanessa and Scott to establish the Chase and Tyler Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. The foundation’s website offers numerous tips for safely using gas appliances both inside and outside the home.

Their efforts to spread awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning have contributed to the annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which takes place from April 27 to May 3, just before winter sets in. You can participate, donate, and help raise awareness about the harmful effects of carbon monoxide and how to reduce the risk of poisoning.

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