Carbon Monoxide Safety

According to the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC A-24) Standards and Technical Information for Small Craft, a carbon monoxide detector must be installed on all boats with an enclosed accommodation compartment and a gasoline generator set or inboard gasoline propulsion engine. Detectors shall be located in the main cabin area and each separate sleeping area to constantly monitor the atmosphere. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has also mandated that this be part of their certification process.

CO Facts
1 - CO is odorless, colorless and tasteless.
2 - A CO leak cannot be smelled.
3 - The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever) and include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.
4 - Carbon Monoxide poisoning can lead to death.

Expired Marine CO Alarms

All Carbon Monoxide Alarms that are 5 years old and older are beyond their Mandatory Replacement Time and MUST be replaced. Underwriters' Laboratories (UL® Carbon Monoxide Standard UL 2034) now require that all Carbon Monoxide Alarms be designed to include an End of Life signal.




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