LPG and natural gas heaters are used widely to warm New Zealand homes and businesses. Used wisely, gas is instant, reliable, efficient and safe. However, like any other form of energy it must be treated with respect to prevent accidents.
Camping appliances need air. In New Zealand the majority of deaths associated with the use of camping appliances have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Without proper ventilation, stoves, lamps, refrigerators, heaters or other gas appliances can give off poisonous carbon monoxide. A faulty appliance may also emit carbon monoxide, even in well-ventilated areas.
If a gas appliance malfunctions, or if is installed or used incorrectly, (for example, used in a small space), then levels of carbon monoxide may become dangerously high and can cause illness or death. Here are some warning signs to look for and tips to keep in mind.
Closed glass-fronted flame effect heaters can have their front glass shattered and must be maintained regularly. Installation, maintenance and servicing information for closed glass-fronted heater can be found below.