FAULTY CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS WARNING

Published: 19 October 18

(Courtesy of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) and the Boat Safety Scheme)

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has issued a warning about non-working imported carbon monoxide (CO) alarms sold on internet shopping sites, and is cautioning boaters that choosing the right CO alarm is an especially critical decision as boats can fill in minutes, sometimes seconds, with lethal levels of the highly toxic gas.

The BSS has teamed up with the CoGDEM (Council of Gas Detection & Environment Monitoring) to urge boaters to choose one from the list of CO alarms suitable for boats as recommended by the makers of independently certified products – the list can be found on the home page of the BSS website.

Incident reports collected by the BSS show that properly certified CO alarms have repeatedly protected skippers and crews from the hidden dangers of CO and ought to be regarded as part of the boat's essential safety equipment.

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