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Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and deadly.

Warning: Carbon monoxide

CO is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and deadly gas in the exhaust produced by gasoline engines. Boats release CO through the exhaust ports of vessels that are idling, underway, or running generators. Exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) in large amounts, or even small amounts for a long duration, often results in death. When inhaled, CO rapidly replaces oxygen in tissues. Many people are surprised they can get CO poisoning when their activity is outdoors. If CO poisoning is suspected, seek immediate medical care.

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Carbon Monoxide Boating Safety Tips
1Always use a marine CO detector
2Seat children in the forward-most seating on the boat
3Avoid idling and exposure to other boats’ emissions
4Maintain fresh air circulation at all times
5Symptoms of CO poisoning mirror seasickness
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

People often mistakenly attribute these symptoms to too much alcohol, sun, and noise, or to motion sickness from the water or exhaustion. If CO poisoning is suspected, seek immediate medical care.

1Nausea
2Dizziness
3Confusion
4Headache
5Fainting
6Tiredness