Two experts offer some advice on the dangers associated with household heaters and how you can avoid them Winter has come and the house is freezing. Your first thought is surely to turn the heater on. But as Australian families tragically learn each year, there are risks to keeping yourself and your home warm. So what do you need to know? We spoke to two experts to answer those questions. The first question you should ask yourself, says Energy Safe Victoria’s Paul Fearon, is “have you had it serviced?” You should do that every two years at least, he says. The technician will clean out your heater and identify any faults or damage. Importantly, they will also check the environment that the heater is operating in. “Heaters that are older than 15 years old, you need to be particularly vigilant about because they don’t last forever,” he says. Chris Barnes, a heating expert at Choice, says it’s vital your gas heater is installed properly. “That’s whether it’s a portable unflued gas heater that just connects to a bayonet fitting in the floor or if it’s a flued heater, like a gas log fire place.” Either way, you should consider getting a carbon monoxide alarm if you have any sort of g...