‘Think about the boater who has just been con­victed of man­slaugh­ter by mod­i­fy­ing a gen­er­a­tor’

Canal Boat - - Canopies - TONY BROOKS Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­tant

I’M SURE YOU will have read about the Boat Safety Scheme’s re­cent ad­vice about por­ta­ble petrol gen­er­a­tors, and it bears em­pha­sis­ing.

The piece the BSS has put on the Lon­don Boaters’ Face­book page gives a break­down of re­ported deaths, se­ri­ous in­juries and a brief synop­sis of the in­ci­dents. Al­though the in­ci­dent fre­quency is less than one a year, think about the boater who has just been con­victed of the man­slaugh­ter of his wife and daugh­ter by mod­i­fy­ing a petrol gen­er­a­tor.

It is not just gen­er­a­tors that cre­ate car­bon monox­ide; solid fuel stoves, bar­be­cues, cook­ers and the main en­gines, even diesel, all can.

You won’t see or smell CO, so fit an alarm. Make sure cook­ers, fridges and heaters do not burn with yel­low in the flame, don’t block ven­ti­la­tion, keep gen­er­a­tors and bar­be­cues well away from open win­dows and doors. Store petrol and gen­er­a­tors as you would gas bot­tles and never re­fuel one on or near the boat.

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