Welfare guidance

CRT’s welfare guidance is a support service intended for Trust staff and volunteers who have concerns about the welfare of boaters. If you come across a boater who you feel needs assistance, the following information may be useful. The guidance ensures that the Trust signposts them to the most appropriate agencies that can provide support services. It is being implemented in conjunction with CRT’s Equality Policy to promote equality for people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 20101.

Boat fires

The annual BSS incident report was published in March and provides a summary of the incidents over the last year. A total of 132 boat incidents, based on 124 events, were recorded up until February 2019. In three events, fire affected more than one boat. There were 54 fires and CO incidents on inland waterways, which is the lowest number for three years. In 18 of the reported incidents, the cause is unknown or inconclusive. In 24 of the 54 fire and CO incidents, the boat was used for residential or extended use, but this may be an underestimate as, in a further seven fire/CO incidents, the ‘use class’ is not known. There were three boat fire fatalities, all liveaboards; the highest number in one year since 2012. All victims lived alone on their boats and alcohol consumption was confirmed as a significant factor in two of the incidents. None of the boats is thought to have had a smoke alarm on board.

Dangerous older cookers

The BSS is supporting Beko and Belling to find and fix dangerous older models of Beko, Flavel, Leisure, Belling and New World gas cookers that can produce potentially fatal levels of CO if used with the grill door closed. The model and serial numbers are on a plate behind the oven door. Model numbers for Beko, Flavel or Leisure cookers are: Leisure CM10NRK, CM10NRC, AL6NDW, CM101NRCP, CM101NRKP, Flavel DCGAP5LS, AP5LDW Flavel Milano ML5NDS. The model numbers for Belling and New World cookers are: Belling Country Chef 100G Silver (444445945) or Anthracite (444445946) Belling G755 MK2 Anthracite (50531082) or White (50531081), Belling GT 755 White (444449050), New World Vision 50TWLM SV LPG (444445698), 50WLM WH LPG (444445021), 50WLM SV LPG (444445020) and 50TWLM WH LPG (444445697). The companies will arrange a free modification to your cooker to remove any risk. Call Beko on Freephone 0800 2943129 or Belling on 0800 1105728, 9am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

From 1 April at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm became a requirement on nearly all private and non-private boats in scope of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Requirements. BSS Certifications will not be issued to boats without alarms. The new BSS Requirements apply to boats with accommodation spaces i.e. areas within a boat surrounded by permanent boat structure and where carbon monoxide gas may accumulate.

Following media reports this June about non-working imported carbon monoxide (CO) alarms sold on internet shopping sites, the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is cautioning boaters, that choosing the right CO alarm is an especially critical decision as boats can fill in minutes, sometimes seconds, with lethal levels of the highly toxic gas.

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