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Are you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, on a boat?

You may be thinking, how is it possible to suffer from Carbon Monoxide poisoning  while on a boat? It happens more often than you might think.  Any time you have gasoline and improper ventilation, you can be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

How can you protect passengers and yourself from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

When docked near other boats.carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Be aware, boats that are running and docked less than 20 feet away can send CO into your boat.  Keep vents clear to reduce CO build up.

When cruising.

  • Avoid swimming near the engine exhaust.
  • Keep the cabin clean and avoid storing items near exhaust outlets.

It is recommended to equip your vessel with a CO detector.

 

The CDC has a lot to say on this topic.

More boat safety tips

Recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning.

 

Snow Shoveling and CO Poisoning

What could snow shoveling possibly have to do with Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

When you think of snow related injuries, what comes to mind?  Maybe you think of tripping on icy snow filled walkways, or being hit with a snowball?  You probably don’t think of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, but it is something to take precautions against.

How could a lack of snow shoveling or removal lead to carbon monoxide poisoning?  If snow piles up around vents in your home, blocking the vent, gas from your appliances can “back up” into your house.  So while you are outside shoveling your driveway be sure to also clear the snow away from dryer vents and other vents on your property.

It is important to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially around your heating appliances.

Remember, Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and it is very bad for you and your family.  The CDC has a wealth of information on how you can protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide. Click the above link to see more information about Carbon Monoxide.