Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning This Winter

People who use gas heaters may not realise that they can be lethal if they are faulty or not maintained properly as they can leak carbon monoxide. Because carbon monoxide can’t be seen and has no smell it can cause death or make people extremely unwell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in any home that has gas connected so it’s critical to have appliances and pipes checked by a professional at least every two years.

Smoke alarms will not give you warning of carbon monoxide poisoning.


  • Have a professional check your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances every year.
  • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check the battery twice a year. If your CO detector makes an alarm vacate the premises immediately and go to the hospital if you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning i.e. dizzy, nausea or light-headed.
  • Have adequate ventilation on open fires.


  • Don’t run an engine in a garage, and never with the doors and windows closed.
  • Use a gas oven for heating.
  • Don’t use camp stoves or gasoline or charcoal-burning devices inside your home.


Latest Article in Sourceable: Creating Swimming Pool Barrier Safety

Creating Swimming Pool Barrier Safety

Minister set to clamp down on illegal use of paddling pools

Padding Pool SafetyA recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, highlights the danger of blow up paddling pools and the fact that many parents and homeowners do not realise they are breaking the law by not fencing a portable pool that has more than 30cm of water must be surrounded by a fence that is 1.2 metres high and fitted with a self-latching gate.

It only takes seconds for a child to drown in shallow or deep water, parents need to be vigilant at all times and ensure the safety of children.



Effective Post-Construction Dispute Resolution Methods

Effective Post-Construction Dispute Resolution Methods

Who would you use when buying a home?


Building Inspector Looking At New Property
A cheap home inspector, (being an ex-taxi driver or similar, uninsured, very cheap because they are new to the industry and after a piece of the action)
1 Vote
An accredited home inspector, (being able, 50% insured, knowledgeable and has obtained the tools to conduct the inspection)
1 Vote
A certified home inspector, (being able, fully insured and has certifiable proven ability to do what they say they do)
9 Vote

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  1. Not all trades need to be licensed so this can certainly affect the quality of work. The solution here is to make all tradesmen licensed in their respective industry.
  2. We say this over and over again. Get a contract for all work done on a property and explain to the tradesman that no contract = no payment. At Housesafe Training and Education we believe that if all contracts were registered at a central source, this would make life easier for both the contractor and the property owner. In the event a contract goes into dispute then fees should be charged to resolve the dispute 50/50 to each party, regardless who is at fault.
  3. There are not enough Government guidelines.
  4. There is insufficient benchmarking in workmanship.
  5. Tradesmen are taking shortcuts due to low rates of pay, yet the owners of large building companies gain most of the profits.
  6. Lack of communication between the tradesman and the property owner.
  7. Both parties are not following the five elements of Contract Law.
  8. Not putting quotes and conversations in writing.
  9. Leaving unfinished work to start another job.
  10. Deceitfulness is ripe in this current market and in some case it comes from both parties, meaning the contractor is not truthful about when a project is to be completed and the homeowners are not truthful about where the funds are coming from.

For more information on building disputes visit Fair Trading NSW

Inspection of Timbers for Borers and Termites

Inspection of Timbers for Borers and Termites

Unaccredited Pool Barrier Safety Inspectors Risking Lives

Unaccredited Pool Barrier Safety Inspectors Risking Lives

Building Inspectors Risk Litigation Due to Inadequate Training

Building Inspectors Risk Litigation Due to Inadequate Training