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Faulty CO alarms

Following media reports about non-working, imported CO alarms sold on internet shopping sites, the BSS cautioned boaters that choosing the right CO alarm is an especially critical decision, as boats can fill within minutes, sometimes seconds, with lethal levels of the highly toxic gas. The BSS and the Council of Gas Detection and Environment Monitoring (CoGDEM) urge boaters to choose an alarm that has been independently tested and certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI). Look for the Kitemark on the alarm or packaging, or look for the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) Certification Mark. CO alarms certified to BS EN 50291-2 are the best choice for boats, but if you already have a CO alarm that is certified to BS EN 50291, or 50291-1, CoGDEM’s advice is to keep it, test it regularly and choose a unit certified to BS EN 50291-2 when it needs replacing. Some alarms are not recommended for use on boats and a list of recommended alarms that are suitable is available at

BSS hire boat consultation ends

A public consultation on proposed changes to the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) requirements for hire boats has ended, the comments have been reviewed and the implementation date is set for April 2017

The BSS has issued a media release announcing that the proposed BSS hire boat requirements changes and will be implemented as set out in the consultation, with the main exception being the decision to implement the revised BSS hire boat requirements from April 2017, twelve months later than proposed in the consultation.

BSS points boaters to important safety issues highlighted by recent boat tragedies

In the space of a few days, three people on two vessels have died from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the Boat Safety Scheme is pointing boat owners to its advice to help stay safe. A man living on his narrowboat in Banbury died along with his pet dog and two fishermen have been found dead aboard their vessel in Whitby harbour.

In the context of the initial reports that these people may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, boat skippers and crews are being strongly encouraged to take stock and ensure that they are properly protected against the threat from the extremely toxic gas.

BSS reminder on gas safety

The Boat safety Scheme have issued a reminder on gas safety.

‘Let there be no repeat, boaters must respect their gas appliances’; says the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS).

Gas Safety Week 2014 will be 15-21 September and we should remember last winter’s twin fatalities from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on a small commercial fishing boat in Whitby harbour.

Boat Fire Safety Week 31st May - 5th June.

In Boat Fire Safety Week, 31st May - 5th June 2013, wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks

Local Fire and Rescue Authorities (LRAs )and the Boat Safety Scheme are encouraging local boat owners to learn more about fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks and make vital safety checks to stay safe this summer.

In the past 20 years thirty boaters have been killed in boat fires and thirty have been killed by the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.

The message, timed for the start of the boating season, says owners should understand the risks, adopt some basic checks, and follow engine and appliance operating guidelines, as the essential steps to deal with the fire and CO threat.