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DFRS: Be Aware Of Carbon Monoxide Dangers On Boats

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12:02am 2nd June 2013

Boat owners in Dorset are being asked to include CO2 monitors in their safety measures.

Our Fire and Rescue service has  joined others in this Boat Fire Safety Week to highlight steps to minimise incidents that could happen in confined spaces on board vessels along our coasts and on our rivers.

In the past 20 years thirty boaters  lost their lives to the 'silent killer' carbon monoxide.

The message, timed for the start of the boating season, is that owners should understand the risks, make regular, basic checks, and follow their engine and appliance operating guidelines, as the essential steps to deal with the fire and carbon monoxide threat.

During Boat Fire Safety Week, local boat owners and users are encouraged to contact Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for information and help regarding fire safety on boats. DFRS want to help them protect themselves and their passengers.

The Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats leaflet provides tips on how to protect your boat and, most importantly, your crew,  is available at boatyards and marinas.  

People can also get safety advice on the go, with the top 10 tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide available for smartphones, tablets and laptops at www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co)

This year's Boat Fire Safety Week has the support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Royal Yachting Association and The Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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