The boat safety Scheme has reported that over the last 20 years over 24 boaters have died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning on boats. Over a third of these deaths were linked to solid fuel burners.
With winter well on its way we thought this was a good time to give some tips on keeping you safe from these fumes.
Firstly look for danger signs on your boat:
Routine checking that your boat’s fuel-burning appliances and engines are free from signs of problems and in good condition will help keep you safe.
Any of the following could be signs that CO is filling your boat:
- Staining, sooty smears, or discolouration on surfaces around an appliance or its flue
- Appliances that are difficult to light, keep lit or burn weakly
- Burners with yellow or orange or ‘floppy’ flames that threaten to go out
- If there’s a CO problem on your boat – get a properly qualified person to find and fix the appliance or engine
before it is used again.
- An unfamiliar or burning smell when an LPG or oil appliance is on
- Smelling or seeing smoke escaping regularly into the cabin when running your wood-burner or coal stove Flue gases from solid fuel stoves can have up to 100 times the concentrations of CO found in gas hob-burners with problems.
- Smelling engine exhaust fumes regularly inside the cockpit or cabin. If those are petrol engine fumes anyone in the cabin could be in immediate danger.
Secondly you should know the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning
Common symptoms include:
- Headache and bad temper
- Feeling sick and dizzy
- Feeling tired and confused
- Stomach pains and being sick
For more information visit the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carbon-monoxidepoisoning
The greater the amount of CO there is in air, or the longer you are breathing in CO, the worse your symptoms may get.
Call into the Trinity Marina shop and get your Carbon Monoxide detector today. It’s a small price to pay to save a life.
You can download the full information leaflet here:
Information from https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org, http://cogdem.org.uk/newsite/?page=cohome