Fire blanket and gas fitting recall
SAFETY RECALL NOTICES have been issued by the manufacturers for two potentially dangerous items used by many canal boaters – a fire blanket, and a gas bottle regulator – and the Boat Safety Scheme is urging boaters to take the notices seriously.
The Clesse Novacomet brand regulators of type BP1803 are used for both propane (red) and butane (blue), and come in three versions – directly cylinder mounted; wallmounted single cylinder; and two cylinder manual changeover – all of which are affected by the notice. There are concerns that those made between June 2010 and September 2015 (the date is marked on the label in figures i.e. from 06/10 to 09/15) might fail. They can be replaced free of charge: see clessesafetynotice.com for more details.
The second recall notice is for fire blankets of the Kidde and Lifesaver brands in a one-metre square size. Makers Kidde Safety Europe say testing has identified risks that the blankets may fail to fully extinguish a pan fire, or allow it to re-ignite after application. Go to kiddesafetyeurope. co.uk to arrange for a replacement in a slightly larger size.
Urging boaters to “set aside five minutes” to check their equipment, BSS Manager Graham Watts said: “It’s important that boaters and boating organisations pay attention to such product recalls.”