Published on: 25 November 2020
This week is Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week and British Marine is urging all members to stay CO safe during lockdown and the winter ahead.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas, made even more dangerous as it has no taste or smell. In high quantities, it can be lethal within minutes and for this reason, it is known as the ‘silent killer’.
A number of CO incidents occur on boats each year, therefore it is vital to remain alert to the silent danger carbon monoxide poses to the maritime community. As well as the need to improve awareness of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, here are some key considerations:
- Fit a carbon monoxide alarm and ensure it works
Due to the odourless, colourless nature of carbon monoxide, fitting a detector remains the only effective warning that the poisonous gas may be present.
- Install and maintain onboard equipment properly
All safety critical work on boats should be undertaken by a competent marine engineer using the correct materials and all installations and modifications should be fit for purpose.
- Service engines regularly
Regularly servicing a boat’s engine ensures it remains reliable and safe to use.
British Marine encourages members to read more about CO Safety on the Boat Safety Scheme website.