The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Leakage

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Leakage

Carbon monoxide (CO) leakage is a serious incident that can occur in any gas heater. Therefore, its imperative that you protect your family, friends and colleagues from the lethal effects of carbon monoxide that may result in death or chronic illness. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the 'silent killer' as it is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that occurs from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels.

The leakage of carbon monoxide can occur in any residential or commercial building with gas heating appliances, this includes newly purchased and installed ones. Dirty, old and unserviced heaters are more prone to carbon monoxide leakage. Consequently, its highly recommended from both experts and government agencies to service your heater every 2 years to reduce the risk of CO leakage.

Signs and Symptoms of CO Poisoning

The signs and symptoms of CO poising are commonly misdiagnosed as the flu. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • persistent tiredness and sleepiness
  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion

If you experience any of these symptoms when using a gas heater, you should immediately turn the heater off, ventilate the room by opening windows and leave the area for several hours. A qualified local plumber/gasfitter should be contacted to test the heater for CO leakage before using the heater again.

Devices to Detect Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Investing in a carbon monoxide monitor could potentially save your live. Air-Met's comprehensive range of portable gas detectors such as the Industrial Scientific Tango Single Gas Monitor are suitable for CO leak detection and are available for sales and long and short term rental. 


For more information on our complete range of carbon monoxide monitors contact our friendly customer service team on 1800 000 744.  



For more information on carbon monoxide leakage and posing you can visit the following links:

Energy Safe Victoria
South Australia - Carbon Monoxide
Clandestine Laboratory Remediation PDF
Western Australia - Carbon Monoxide Safety


For more information on our Carbon Monoxide (CO) solutions, please contact your local Air-Met Scientific office.  

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Mon. 06 Aug 2018

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