Carbon Monoxide Alarm Campaign for Boat Owners
This page contains advice about buying a CO Alarm and
resources for caravan and mobile home owners.
Many boat owners will be meticulous in the maintenance of their
boats. They will be aware of the many safety issues around
owning and caring for a boat and taking it out to sea. One
danger a boat owner or sailor may not be aware of is the hazard
of carbon monoxide poisoning in the cabin. This can be avoided
with an audible carbon monoxide alarm or CO alarm.
The cabin of a boat can often be a small enclosed space,
sometimes tightly closed off from the weather. A build up of
deadly carbon monoxide gas could occur in certain
circumstances, especially if appliances are not working
properly or exhaust fumes are entering the cabin.
Any appliance of engine that burns fuels could be a source
of risk if they are not working or ventilating properly,
- The boat’s engine
- Cookers and heaters
You should ensure that these items are serviced annually as
a matter of routine.
Ventilation to the appliances and engine of the boat should
never be covered up, even in the worst of weather and any
chimney or exhaust pipe should be kept clear of blockages.
Carbon monoxide is odourless, invisible and deadly. Severe
CO poisoning will kill quickly. Less severe poisoning can be
permanently harmful and may cause symptoms such as headaches,
dizziness, fatigue, weakness, sleeplessness and confusion.
Its presence in quantities sufficient to injure or kill can
only be detected with a Carbon Monoxide Alarm or CO Detector.
Portable audible alarms can be easily purchased and are
effective in safe-guarding boat owners and sailors from this
particular hazard. No boat with a cabin should be without
Remember, this is a risk that is easily and inexpensively
If in doubt you should take expert advice or seek emergency
Do Not Become a Victim of the Silent
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