Caravan ruling boosts CO alarm petition

Detectagas Detectagas enables users to test CO alarms by generating a safe, controlled and sufficient amount of CO directly into the alarm
Industry Database

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.

Currently the Boat Safety Scheme does not mandate the installation and testing of CO alarms in private boats and does not require their testing as part of the Boat Safety Scheme examination but aims to make this mandatory on all private boats in the future.

“We are delighted that the NCC is now mandating the gas testing of CO alarms to ensure that the CO alarms in leisure vehicles are functioning properly and hope that other organisations and regulatory groups adopt this soon to prevent any more fatalities,” stated John Stones, founder and MD of Gas Safe Europe, which manufactures Detectagas that enables users to test CO alarms..

Sensor function

Under the new NCC rule, a calibrated CO test gas kit must be used to ascertain whether the sensor is working as pushing the test button on the alarm only indicates the battery, buzzer and circuit is still working.

Independent reports received recently by the NCC have shown significant failure rates with alarms only a few years old. Sensors may, for example, be sensitive to extremes of temperatures to which boats and yachts can be vulnerable.

NCC tests have revealed alarm sensors can fail completely when exposed to low temperatures – and sensors can also become blocked through things including dust, food cooking and cigarette fumes.

Latest Press Releases

WesCom Signal and Rescue shortlisted for the 2018 Safety at Sea Awards

The world’s leading supplier of marine distress signals, WesCom Signal and Rescue announces it has b... Read more

Torqeedo appoints Engines Plus Ltd as new UK canal boat sector dealer ahead of inland waterways festival, Crick Boat Show

Torqeedo has appointed Engines Plus Ltd, a leading engine dealer, to be the UK dealer for the canal ... Read more

Torqeedo Showcases Latest Innovations in Sustainable Marine Propulsion Technology at Seawork International

Crystal Lake, Ill. – May 23, 2018 – Torqeedo will demonstrate the latest developments in electric ma... Read more


Leading Audio Manufacturer Unveils Groundbreaking RA770 and SRX400 Audio Entertainment Systems Read more


Leading Audio Manufacturer Announces Powerful Plug and Play Solution with Bluetooth Streaming Read more

Experts Highlight Viable Power and Propulsion Solutions for Next Generation Vessels

Lithium-ion battery expert Dr John Warner is presenting at the NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propul... Read more

View all