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The NSW Health Department recommends to home users that: “If gas is your preferred heating fuel, purchase a flued heater.”

“It’s extraordinary when you have the DET continuing with its heating policy while NSW Health advises people not to have unflued gas heaters in their homes — it’s a massive contradiction.”

~ Ray Williams, Member for Hawkesbury
  • Unflued gas heaters in NSW classrooms produce noxious by-products (nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde) directly into the air our children breathe.
  • South Australia decided five years ago to remove unflued gas heaters from all state schools, while in Western Australia they were phased out by the end of 2009.
  • Victoria made the decision in the 1970s to ensure students were protected by not choosing to install un flued gas heaters. The ACT Government have also choosen not to install them (and haven't done so for many years) in government schools.
  • A government study undertaken in Blackheath Public School in 2008 found that 30 per cent of the classroom areas tested returned nitrous oxide levels above World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
  • The Blue Mountains has a 40 per cent greater rate of asthma than the NSW average, according to Sydney West Area Health Service. And putting that in perspective, Australia has the third highest incidence of respiratory disease in the world.

Nitrogen dioxide: Children may suffer more often from cold symptoms or asthma attacks. Can cause irritation of the respiratory tract, shortness of breath, fatal swelling of the lungs, exacerbated asthma, and more frequent and more severe respiratory illness. People with asthma/respiratory diseases already are particularly susceptible.

Carbon monoxide: Can cause headaches or loss of concentration, flu-like symptoms and chest pain, and high exposure can be fatal. Health effects can occur at the time of exposure or be delayed. Some people are more susceptible than others, especially children.

Carbon dioxide: Can cause headaches and may cause changes in respiratory patterns.

Formaldehyde: Affects the skin, eyes and lungs; is a nasal carcinogen, can cause wheezing and coughing, fatigue, skin rash and severe allergic reactions.

 

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