Consultation is now open on the Regulatory Impact Statement to phase out open flued gas space heaters as part of the effort to improve gas heater safety for Victorian households.

Open flued space gas heaters

DELWP spokesperson Jennifer Anne said: “Open flued gas space heaters can become problematic and potentially result in spillage of carbon monoxide (CO) if heaters are not regularly serviced or operate without adequate ventilation.”

“Community safety is the priority – phasing out these heaters is an important step in reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and ensuring gas safety standards align with energy efficiency requirements.”

Informed by consultation with gas heater manufacturers, peak industry bodies and consumer groups, the Regulatory Impact Statement identifies the preferred approach to phasing out open flued gas space heaters.

The Regulatory Impact Statement recommends fast-tracking the implementation of changes to Australian Standards and adopting stringent new safety requirements for open flued gas space heaters by 1 January 2022.

The effort to improve gas safety conditions for Victorian households includes the $1.7 million ‘Be Sure’ CO awareness campaign over the past two winters, led by Energy Safe Victoria.

The campaign encourages Victorians to have their gas heater serviced every two years, regardless of the heater’s make, model or age.

Existing open flued gas space heaters should only be used in well ventilated spaces.

The Victorian Government committed to complete the Regulatory Impact Statement process to assess phase out options for open flued gas space heaters in response to recommendations from the 2018 Coroner’s inquest into the tragic death of Ms Sonia Sofianopoulos.

Consultation on the Regulatory Impact Statement is open until Monday 22 February at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/open-flued-gas-space-heaters