TCPD: Precautions of Water Heater Use during Winter Season
With the frequent occurrences of cold fronts during winter, the period between December and February is the high season for reports of carbon monoxide poisoning. Many incidents resulted from closed windows and doors combined with malfunctions of water heaters or gas stoves.Immediate symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning might include headache, fatigue, stomach ache, and vomiting. Severe cases can result in loss of consciousness, brain death, or even death. According to the Ministry of the Interior’s National Fire Agency, the following five tips are important preventative measures to adopt to minimize the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning:1. Ensure Adequate Ventilation in the Environment: Avoid the following scenarios – illegal and inappropriate use of the balcony; extra windows and doors added obstructing ventilation; screen windows with overwhelming amount of dust, and hanging too many clothes and garments at the balcony hampering air flow.
2. Use Reliable Brands: The water heater should carry a CNS (National Standards of ROC) logo sticker.
3. Select the Appropriate Water Heater Type: RF type water heaters should be installed at outdoor areas with good ventilation. Indoor varieties such as FE (semi-sealed forced exhaust) and FF (sealed forced exhaust) type water heaters should be supplemented with appropriate vents and pipes.
4. Perform Safe Installation: Hire qualified technicians to perform installation of the water heater. After installation, appropriate stickers should be affixed to the water heater in compliance with the law.
5. Keep up with Maintenance: The water heater should undergo scheduled maintenance and safety checks carried out by qualified technicians. For more information, please visit the Chinese website of TCPD Women’s and Children’s Protection Division (http://wpd.police.taipei/) or Taipei Sister Jenny’s fan page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jennyfuyo).