Death and serious injury as a result of exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, is clearly a major concern for boat owners and dwellers. Incorrectly installed and maintained heating and cooking appliances, blocked ventilation and exhaust fumes from engines/generators entering the accommodation space of boats have all contributed to severe cases of poisoning and fatalities. Many individuals may be constantly exposed to CO poisoning on a regular basis and be unaware that they have a CO problem on their boat.
In the past ten years Boat Safety Scheme records indicate that around 20 people have died on inland and coastal moorings as a result of accidental Carbon Monoxide from various sources such as water heaters, solid fuel stoves, gas appliances and petrol engine exhausts including outboard motors and generators.
Government responsibility for carbon monoxide issues rests with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
For more information on gas safety and resources available to FRS, visit The Health and Safety Executive website or call Health and Safety Executive on Gas Safety Advice Line on 0800 300 363.
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