Don't let carbon monoxide ruin your life!


Investigations start following the death of two people from CO poisoning.


"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

 CO Safety on Boats 270x270

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

or click next - How the silent killer works!

or download the pdf booklet by clicking on the image on the right


Copyright belongs to the owners of the Boat Safety Scheme and CoGDEM jointly.

This information may be freely reproduced, except for advertising, endorsement or commercial purposes. Please acknowledge the source as Boat Safety Scheme & CoGDEM.

Home buttonBSS Home