Boaters reminded about Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Boaters or those swimming near boats should be aware that combustion engines produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, invisible gas known as a silent killer. Carbon monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around boats with combustion engines. It is heavier than air and lighter than water, so it floats on the water’s surface. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include eye irritation, headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness. Knowing these signs will help prevent death. Experts recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors on and inside boats with engines. Maintain a fresh circulation of air through and around boats at all times. Avoid areas of your boat where exhaust fumes may be present, such as under or around the boarding platform.