The silent killer

Carbon monoxide latest

It's not just for exam day, it saves lives says BSS representative David Fletcher

The requirement for a CO alarm in all boats with ac­commodation became a BSS requirement in April. This applies to all boats immedi­ately, even if your examination was as late as March and you will not be checked for another four years. The BSS office tells us that the examina­tions taking place since April are recording less than 10% failures on CO alarm requirements. This is a re­ally good result when the estimates were that perhaps a third of boats did not have them.

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.

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.

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.

Crime prevention

The Regents Canal and surrounding area is experiencing increased robberies and burglaries and the Bow West Safer Neighbourhood Team, CRT and the Metropolitan Police have issued the following advice to boaters, which is applicable in any urban area:

Don’t make your boat attractive to thieves

Thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets.


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