There is a front page item in today's SMH (24/5/2010) that highlights the unsatisfactory nature of the un-flued gas heaters in some NSW Public Schools.
The Minister, Verity Firth, has said that the heaters are safe if the guidelines for use are followed. These guidelines say that if windows and doors are left open then there is no danger from the heaters.
This is undoubtedly true, especially if there is a gale blowing or a storm with strong winds. In New England when it snows there is usually some wind but when the snow is lying on the ground the wind usually drops and all is white and still and the temperature is a bit above freezing.
Ah! the joy of an open window and door to let the noxious gasses flow from the classrooms.
Around 11:00 hrs today.
Armidale (Northern Tablelands) wind 2 kph gusting to 7, temp 13.3 C.
Glen Innes (ditto) wind 15 kph gusting to 20, temp 15.2C.
and way out at Ivanhoe it's 28-50 and 19.0C, doesn't say if there is a chill factor in the wind out there.
It's not really winter yet
(there should be a Smilie for cold,
doesn't really apply).
One wonders at the intellegence of the framers of the guidelines, pontificating from their cosy airconditioned ivory towers in Sydney.
First consideration for the children and teachers ought to be their safety and second, perhaps, their comfort.
The Minister has been saying that the heaters are safe; maybe 'Verity' was not a good choice of names.