Waushara County Health News

Boating and the Carbon Monoxide Danger

Planning a Saturday afternoon on the water? Just relaxing on your boat can put you at risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

CO is a colorless odorless gas and when inhaled can poison or kill someone who breathes in too much. Gasoline-powered engines on boats produce CO, which builds up in a boat’s cabin or even in the open air when traveling at low speeds or idling in the water.

Hanging on the swim platform or just sitting in the back of the boat, while the boat is running can be dangerous. Ultimately if you can smell the exhaust there is CO present.

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