TBS Boats sponsors BoatCOSafe14 March 2018
Mandatory installation of Carbon Monoxide alarms on enclosed boats in UK waterways would save lives. In recent years, 19 boaters have died and another 24 have needed hospital attention from Carbon Monoxide gases.
The BoatCOSafe campaign launched with a petition and news on its new website –BoatCOSafe.uk – along with an intense video highlighting the dangers. The petition – available to sign from the website – encourages 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” said lead campaigner Niki Molnar MBE
With people already booking boats for their summer holidays and planning cruises on their own vessels, BoatCOSafe is encouraging people to check that any enclosed boat they are on has an installed and working CO alarm. Niki added:
“Alarms are so reasonably priced these days that there is no reason why every boat owner should not have a suitable CO alarm installed. Rented homes must legally have one, so why not smaller – more confined – boats?”
TBS Boats, celebrating 25 years of boat sales in 2018, is delighted to support BoatCOSafe. In their three locations (Penton Hook Marina in Surrey, Bray Marina in Berkshire and the Hamble), TBS Boats are installing free Safelincs® Carbon Monoxide alarms on every new or used boat they sell.
Dominic Smulders, Managing Director of TBS Boats Bray (https://www.tbsboats.com) 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.”
Safelincs Ltd is also supporting the campaign. They have been offering fire safety solutions to boat owners for over 15 years and offer a range of automatic fire extinguishers, as well a smoke and CO alarms that are suitable for use on boats.
Harry Dewick-Eisele, Managing Director of Safelincs Ltd (https://www.safelincs.co.uk) said:
“As the UKs 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.”