We all know that spending time on the water is one of the best ways to relax and have fun during the summer months. However, it’s important to remember that there are some hidden dangers that come with boating – one of them being Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Recently, there have been tragic reports of CO-related deaths in the Hamble area of the UK, where two people lost their lives from CO poisoning on board a boat. This serves as an important reminder to all boat owners, operators and passengers, of the importance of taking preventative safety measures. CO is a colourless, odourless gas that cannot be detected without monitors, and can be deadly in high concentrations.
To prevent CO poisoning, there are some simple steps that you can take.
Firstly, make sure that your boat’s exhaust system is properly installed and maintained. Exhaust manifolds, risers, and hoses should be regularly checked for leaks, corrosion, and damage. You should install a CO detector in the cabin and other enclosed spaces, and importantly, remember to test these regularly to ensure that all detectors are functioning correctly.
Secondly, it’s important to ensure that there is always proper ventilation on your boat. Make sure that hatches and windows can be opened to allow fresh air to circulate, and avoid running your boat’s engine or generator when the boat is stationary or idling. Always keep a close eye on your passengers and familiarise yourself with of the signs of CO poisoning, such as headaches, nausea, and confusion.
Remember, prevention is absolutely key when it comes to CO poisoning. By taking the necessary precautions and being aware of the risks, you can enjoy your time on the water without putting yourself or your passengers in danger. Stay safe and have fun on water!