BSS gen­er­ates a stark warn­ing

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US­ING TVs, LAP­TOPS, mo­bile phones, power tools, heaters or sim­ply charg­ing the boat’s bat­ter­ies could cost lives if boaters use a petrol gen­er­a­tor in­cor­rectly, a stark warn­ing from the Boat Safety Scheme ( BSS) claims.

Petrol gen­er­a­tors can be seen as crit­i­cal to some boaters want­ing off-grid elec­tri­cal power, yet the fact that they emit deadly car­bon monox­ide and need re­fu­elling with highly flammable petrol means they must be never be in­stalled in an en­closed cock­pit area or en­gine space of a boat and must never be used on, or close to, the boat where ex­haust fumes could en­ter the boat.

“On too many oc­ca­sions we hear of fa­tal­i­ties or near fa­tal­i­ties on boats caused by the in­cor­rect use of por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tors,” said BSS man­ager Gra­ham Watts. “The heart-break­ing thing is that on most oc­ca­sions, the accident could have been avoided, and lives saved, if gen­er­a­tors are used ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions – in the open and away from the boat.” The BSS says that if boaters want to use gen­er­a­tors, th­ese three points should be fol­lowed:

Never in­stall a por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor per­ma­nently or make unau­tho­rised mod­i­fi­ca­tions that are not sup­ported by the man­u­fac­turer or pro­pri­etary com­po­nent sup­plier. Never run gen­er­a­tors on the boat, or on the bank near to the boat’s doors, vents, win­dows or hatches. Never re­fuel a gen­er­a­tor any­where aboard the boat; take it to the bank and en­sure you are a safe dis­tance from other boats and po­ten­tial sources of ig­ni­tion.

Fur­ther ad­vice on stay­ing safe us­ing gen­er­a­tors is avail­able on boat­safe­­er­a­tors

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