Don't let carbon monoxide ruin your life!

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The BSS has just published a new handout as an essential guide to all the new requirements and background information. It covers what is required and how the checks will be carried out by BSS Examiners and how the alarms will help keep crew members safe, including:

  • CO alarm makers guidance about where to place a CO alarm to achieve best protection,
  • What type of CO alarm to buy,
  • What to do if a CO alarm goes off,
  • What to do if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.

"Each year boaters die or are made seriously ill from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - Boats are built to keep water out, but this also makes them good containers for gases and fumes."

When carbon-based, appliance and engine fuels, such as gas, LPG, coal, wood, paraffin, oil, petrol and diesel don't burn completely, CO is produced.

CO build-up in the cabin can occur with one or a mix of these factors:

  • with faulty, badly maintained, or misused appliances
  • exhaust fumes from a boat's engine or generator
  • escaped flue gases from solid fuel stoves
  • short supply of air - fuels need the right amount of oxygen to burn safely

10 tips to keep you and your crew alive!

  • Install fuel burning appliances properly, in-line with makers directions
  • Follow servicing guidelines; maintenance should be routine and competent - Don't allow bodged repairs, adjustments and adaptations
  • Always use appliances as per the instructions and never use cookers for space heating
  • Don’t bring charcoal BBQs on board, or have them near a cabin during or after use - only stone-cold charcoal is safe
  • Keep engine fumes out of the cabin space, never use a portable generator in or near a cabin
  • Deal with problems immediately, never use equipment you suspect has problems

For more detail read the information on the pages linked by the buttons on the left,

 

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A list of alarm models tested to BS EN 50291-2 and stated as suitable for boats by their manufacturers. [Click]

 

The Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats booklet is available to download by clicking on the image on the rightCO Safety on Boats 270x270

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