Carbon monoxide poisoning fact sheet in community languages

Never use BBQs or outdoor heaters inside

They make carbon monoxide gas, which can kill without warning. Protect yourself and your family this winter: leave BBQs and outdoor heaters outside.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that you can’t see, taste or smell

  • Some devices make carbon monoxide and should never be used indoors, including outdoor heaters and barbeques, tools with gasoline engines, portable generators and vehicle engines.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning often occurs when people use these outdoor devices indoors or in a closed space without enough air flow.
  • Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and weakness.
  • People with more severe poisoning may faint or lose consciousness, and in some instances, suffer permanent brain injury or death.

Read the carbon monoxide poisoning fact sheet

What to do if you think someone has carbon monoxide poisoning

Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 for advice 24/7.

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Do not put yourself in danger when helping others. If someone has collapsed inside from carbon monoxide, go outside to call Triple Zero (000).

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Current as at: Monday 26 June 2023
Contact page owner: Environmental Health