Boating Western Australia (Inc.)

Dangers posed by Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Skippers to be aware of the dangers posed by Carbon Monoxide (CO), when boating.

Particularly at risk are those with boat engines, generators, stoves and heaters because of the enclosed and confined spaces on some vessels.

CO is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas produced when carbon based fuel, such as diesel, petrol, or propane, burns.

When a person is exposed to CO it limits the ability of the bloodstream to carry oxygen causing headaches, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, irritated eyes and if not detected can be a silent killer. Unfortunately, some people ignore the signs of CO poisoning thinking they are caused by sea sickness, fatigue, sun exposure or excessive alcohol intake and this can be a tragic mistake.

Carbon Monoxide video: Link to video

DoT boat emergencies and incidents page on Carbon  Monoxide: Link to page