Mandatory installation of Carbon Monoxide alarms on cabin boats in UK waterways would save lives. In the last 20 years, 19 boaters have died and another 24 have needed hospital attention from Carbon Monoxide gases.
BoatCOSafe has launched with a petition and news on its website see BoatCOSafe.uk along with an intense video highlighting the dangers. There is also an online petition available on the website to encourage parliament to make having a CO alarm mandatory on inland waterways.
“Boats are naturally enclosed spaces where Carbon Monoxide can build up very quickly – and as you can’t smell or see it, you can be affected by it before you realise what has happened,” says lead campaigner Niki Molnar MBE
With people already booking boats for their Summer holidays, BoatCOSafe is encouraging people to check that anyone they rent a closed-cabin boat from has installed and regularly tests a CO alarm before booking.
“Alarms are so reasonably priced these days that there is no reason why every boat owner should not have a suitable CO alarm installed. There is no price you can put on the safety of your family.”
BoatCOSafe is delighted to have the support of TBS Boats celebrating 25 years of boat sales in 2018. In their three locations (Penton Hook Marina in Surrey, Bray Marina in Berkshire and the Hamble), TBS Boats are installing free Carbon Monoxide alarms on every new or used boat they sell.
Dominic Smulders, Managing Director of TBS Boats Bray said:
“We didn’t have a second thought about getting involved and supporting the BoatCOSafe campaign.
“There are too many reports of injuries, and sadly, deaths from this silent killer and I’m proud that TBS Boats are doing something to help by installing CO alarms ’free of charge’ on all new and used boats we sell.”
Harry Dewick-Eisele, Managing Director of Safelincs Ltd said:
“As the UK’s largest online retailer of fire safety goods and services, Safelincs Ltd, have always had a passion about raising awareness around carbon monoxide poisoning.
“We are very pleased to have partnered with TBS Boats in support of a national awareness campaign BoatCoSafe and hope to help reduce the number of CO related deaths on the waterways.”