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To protect yourself and others against CO poisoning while boating:

  • Allow fresh air to circulate throughout the boat at all times, even during bad weather.
  • Know where your engine and generator exhaust outlets are located and keep everyone away from these areas.
  • Never sit on the back deck, “teak surf,” or hang on the swim platform while the engines are running.
  • Never enter areas under swim platforms where exhaust outlets are located—even for a second. One or two breaths in this area could be fatal.
  • Ventilate immediately if exhaust fumes are detected on the boat.
  • Install and maintain CO detectors inside your boat. Replace detectors as recommended by the manufacturer.
Illustration showing swim platform and danger areas on the rear of a houseboat
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