sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?
Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?

'Carbon monoxide alert. Is it installed correctly? Is it actually working'    .

In 2013, a mother and her 10 year old daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a cabin cruiser. More recently two fishermen, who were found dead on their boat, are believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning because the boat’s cooker was left on for heat on a cold night. Sailors should make themselves aware of what equipment on your boat gives off carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell. It can be produced by anything that burns gas, wood, oil or coal. Poisoning by Carbon Monoxide can be fatal or cause lasting health damage.

The Message is simple: Fit an Alarm, Do not block ventilation, know the signs, service appliances

Fitting an alarm
Carbon monoxide is impossible to detect without an alarm. ‘Black Spot’ indicators are not as accurate and will not alert or wake you if there is carbon monoxide present.

When buying a carbon monoxide alarm, make sure it meets current safety standards in your location.

Unblock Ventilation
Boats have to be built with adequate ventilation for open flame appliances such as LPG cookers. It is dangerous to block ventilation for these appliances. If you block ventilation it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Appliances need a consistent supply of air in order for complete combustion to happen and for the appliance to work correctly. Small generators also pose a threat. If you have an emergency generator working on board for any reason, make sure the exhaust is aimed over the side of the boat and not into the cabin.

Know the signs
The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness which may well lead to death. Many of the symptoms of carbon monoxide are similar to those of flu, food poisoning, viral infections, or simple tiredness.

Danger signs to look out for around gas and other fuel-burning appliances include:

• Soot or yellow/brown staining on or around your appliance
• Excessive condensation in the room where the appliance is installed
• Lazy yellow / orange coloured gas flame rather than a sharp blue one
• Pilot lights that frequently blow out

Service appliance
For protection from carbon monoxide poisoning, it is strongly recommended that you have all fuel-burning appliances – including stoves, fires and heaters – serviced at the recommended interval by a qualified and registered engineer.

Sail-World Cruising wishes to thank the Royal Yachting Association and the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign for much of the information provided in this article. Carbon Monoxide – The campaign is run by Energy UK on behalf of British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE, in partnership with the Dominic Rodgers Trust and is the British campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by Carbon Monoxide.


by RYA/Sail-World Cruising


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=120492

8:14 PM Thu 27 Mar 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World













2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






















































DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front   
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing   
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature   
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston   
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio   
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3   
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT