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andyravine
Jan-08-2017 @ 10:22 AM                           Permalink
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You can buy them really cheap on Amazon and Ebay with the right BSEN50291 not a lot of money for peace of mind and maybe your life .

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Whats the rules like covering fire / smoke alarms on hirecraft, do they need periodic testing?

I work with CO and the detectors we have installed require testing every six months, we cant use the stuff you get in Argos. Wondered is this is the reason CO monitors are not provided.

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Why do you want to buy " cheap " devices that may save your life.
Buy a good one which you can both see and hear if there is a problem.you don't get a second chance with carbon monoxide

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Jan-09-2017 @ 8:34 PM                           Permalink
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I work for a boatyard that fitted CO alarms on all there cruisers at the start of 2016.  We had a number of problems with false alarms and after contacting the manufacturer we were told that all of these alarm are very sensitive to hydrogen which is given of by charging batteries.  We tested different makes and quality alarms and all gave similar results.
It's a problem we have yet to find a solution to.
The idea of an alarm is good and I have ever fitted one of  my own boatime but they are not a perfect solution.

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Interesting point regarding the hydrogen.

Our Lucas leisure batteries have the option of a vent pipe, I vented both batteries to outside the hull, so the hydrogen should drift away.

A bit OTT but when we had a caravan I vented the battery through the floor, not ideal, but better than having a locker with hydrogen and Oxygen.

We had a Citroen Picasso, the battery was under the passenger seat, and Citroen fitted a drain through the floor.

So there are ways to get rid of the hydrogen.



best regards, Richard.

In my opinion, being on a boat is one of the most relaxing place to be.


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All of our boats have battery boxes with vents to outside of the hull of one form or another.  The problem seems to be gas seeping through the lid.  The problem seems to occur when the boats are on moorings normally at night in very still air.  Not as you might expect when the boat is underway and the battery is charging hard.
We intend to improve ventilation round the batteries before we consider removing any CO alarms.

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Hi Rustic,

I thought you might be interested to know that we are currently installing smoke and CO detectors to the whole fleet as part of their winter maintenance.

Kind regards,

Amanda


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Hi Amanda, that is really great news, I know where my first point of call is when we hire next. Thank you.

I think I may have shot myself in the foot here lol....
I might not be able to secure one, as everyone else will see the dangers of CO and beat me to it lol.

Great news.
Richard

best regards, Richard.

In my opinion, being on a boat is one of the most relaxing place to be.

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Hi All
Thanks Richard never thought about the boat next door, could easily happen. Last year we got a carbon monoxide monitor and have a smoke alarm so feel better for it.
Regards
Marge and Parge

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