A petition for cabin boats using UK inland waterways to have a working carbon monoxide detector fitted could be bolstered by a National Caravan Council ruling to make annually testing CO alarms using a calibrated a test gas kit mandatory.
CARBON MONOXIDE: Boaters are being warned that if they can smell exhaust fumes in the cabin cabins they need to evacuate because they could contain carbon monoxide (CO) in quantities that could harm or even kill.
INLAND WATERWAYS: A consultation on proposals to modernise the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) requirements for holiday hire boats, opened on 4 September and will run to 13 November 2015, writes Harry Arnold.
INLAND WATERWAYS: Warnings on using barbeques and portable gas appliances on boats have been issued by the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), writes Harry Arnold.
SUMMER SAFETY: Boat owners are being reminded of the risk from using portable gas camping stoves, lamps and heaters on board boats because of the danger from explosion, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
REPORT: An investigation into the carbon monoxide poisoning on board the motor cruiser, ‘Arniston’, on Windermere, Cumbia, has been published by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).
INLAND WATERWAYS: Boaters using damp wood and logs in their stoves could be risking triple problems of carbon monoxide poisoning, stove damage and increased costs says the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), writes Harry Arnold.
INLAND WATERWAYS: A small number of 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders have been found to be showing signs of premature internal deterioration which over time could potentially lead to a gas escape, writes Harry Arnold.
INLAND WATERWAYS: A new review of safety standards for self drive, powered hire boats, with or without overnight accommodation, is to be conducted by the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), writes Harry Arnold.
SAFETY WARNING: The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has issued another warning to boaters to avoid using portable gas camping stoves, lamps and heaters on board boats, writes Harry Arnold.
CAREFUL: Following the apparent Windermere tragedy reported widely in the UK national media, the All-party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) has urged boaters to safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning.
INLAND WATERWAYS: From 31 March 2013, the examination recording progress of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), will move into a central online database system in a bid to improve safety on inland waterways.
INLAND WATERWAYS: A New Year’s plea from the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) asks boaters to ‘wise up’ to the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, writes Harry Arnold.
BSS: Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) checks for private boats have been through their annual review and some changes are proposed.
Following a nasty gas explosion on Hickling Broad, Norfolk, where two people were sent to hospital with serious burns after portable gas equipment exploded, the BSS has reissued its gas warnings to boaters.
INLAND WATERWAYS: Bullseyes have been fitted on inland waterway boats for 100 years or more, but the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) warns that in summer, those domed-decklights could lead to fires breaking out below in strong sunlight.
SAFETY ALERT: A safety alert has been issued to boaters about portable gas cookers with integral gas canisters following incidents where people have been seriously burnt.
FIRE SAFETY: Guidance has been issued by the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) strongly recommending the installation of smoke alarms in boats, writes Harry Arnold.
The long running dispute over diesel engine injector spill lines seems to be over after the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) and the Marine Engine and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEEMA) recognised two new compliance options.
Following several boat fires and the recent deaths near Warwick, the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) office has initiated an assessment of solid fuel stoves in craft on the inland waterways.
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