Fort Myers Accident Attorney Warns Boating and Carbon Monoxide Can Be a Deadly Combination

by Carmen Dellutri on May 23, 2012

Fort Myers boat accident lawyerAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we want make sure that all boaters are taking the proper precautions to prevent a deadly carbon monoxide poisoning accident. CO accidents frequently occur on boats because engines, gas generators, cooking ranges, and heaters all release the deadly gas. As a result, it can build up inside boat cabins, partially enclosed cockpits, beneath swim platforms or other enclosed areas.

When carbon monoxide reaches high concentrations, it can be fatal in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, unless the symptoms are severe, carbon monoxide poisoning is often misdiagnosed as seasickness. Therefore, it is important to always rule out carbon monoxide exposure first.

It is important to highlight that levels of CO can remain at dangerous levels even if your engine or another boat’s engine is no longer running. Therefore, it is imperative to have a working CO detector on your boat. While most new boats come equipped with these devices, many older boats do not or they may have been disabled.

As the U.S. Coast Guard warns, CO injuries have been reported when large numbers of boat are gathered, such as during regattas, poker runs, and other boat racing activities. Unfortunately, when large numbers of boats gather together they create significantly larger and more concentrated amounts of carbon monoxide. Therefore, individuals, particularly children, should avoid swimming near large numbers of boats with engines or generators running.

Below are some additional CO poisoning prevention tips:

  • Educate all passengers about where exhaust outlets are located on your vessel, the symptoms of CO poisoning, and where CO may accumulate.
  • When docked, or rafted with another boat, be aware of exhaust emissions from the other boat.
  • Confirm that water flows from the exhaust outlet when the engines and generator are started.
  • Listen for any change in exhaust sound, which could indicate an exhaust component failure.
  • Test the operation of each CO alarm by pressing the test button.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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