Throughout Gas Safety Week (11 – 17 October) the RYA will be raising awareness of the importance of being gas safe aware whilst getting afloat.
The annual campaign week raises awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires and explosions. The week also highlights the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The RYA will be focussing on a range of gas safety matters, including how to stay gas safe, the importance of fitting a CO alarm, and what to do should a gas leak be suspected.
To keep you and your crew safe, follow these top tips:
- Know the six symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- Never leave craft unattended when open flame LPG consuming appliances are in use.
- Read the owner’s manual and follow the instructions supplied for your LPG appliances.
- Do not use the stove or oven for space heating.
- Ventilation is required when appliances are in use. Open designated vent and openings while appliances are in use.
- Never obstruct fixed ventilation openings. The ventilation requirements have been calculated to suit the LPG appliances as installed.
- Additional ventilation might be required if other appliances are operated simultaneously.
- Do not modify the craft’s LPG system. Installation, alterations and maintenance should be performed by a competent person.
- Have the system inspected at regular intervals.
- FIT A CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM.
Gas Safe Register is the official register for qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.
You can learn more about being gas safe from the RYA Safety hub.