Tips and Links to More Information about Carbon Monoxide
How Can You Protect Yourself From CO Poisoning?
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning is prevention. And prevention is synonymous with engine maintenance.
Regular checks - especially the exhaust pipe nipple, exhaust manifold, and hoses - and regular, professional maintenance will help provide an important defense against carbon monoxide. Your engine should be checked every time you start it or every eight hours, whichever comes sooner.
Carbon monoxide detectors are a good defense against carbon monoxide poisioning. You should install a carbon monoxide detector in the living quarters and/or the enclosed bridge area of your boat. Always defer to and follow the CO detector manufacturer's directions regarding proper installation and maintenance. And, be sure engine room bulkheads are sealed against leaks into accommodation areas.
Also, bilge blowers, which are intended to vent explosive and flammable gases, can minimize the chances of exposure to carbon monoxide.
Relying on these devices alone, though, is unwise. Prevention through inspection and maintenance is the most sure way to avoid CO poisoning.
Below are links to Carbon Monoxide and Boating Safety Website Addresses providing Information on Education, Control Technology & Research.
NOTE: The information contained in the links below are for reference only and do not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring and Westerbeke Corporation assumes no risk or liability for their content.
Government Tests Westerbeke low-CO Genset Performance
AMERICAN BOAT & YACHT COUNCIL (ABYC)
BOAT U.S. FOUNDATION
CARBON MONOXIDE HEADQUARTERS
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
DOUBLE ANGEL FOUNDATION
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL
STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF BOATING & WATERWAYS
U.S. COAST GUARD