Carbon Monoxide | Boating Safety

Carbon Monoxide

Educate yourself about this potentially lethal boating danger.

Carbon monoxide (CO) can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat!

Did you also know:

\- CO symptoms are similar to seasickness or alcohol intoxicationω  
\- CO can affect you whether you're underway, moored, or anchoredω  
\- You cannot see, smell, or taste COω  
\- CO can make you sick in seconds. In high enough concentrations, even a few breaths can be fatalω  

Most important of all, did you know carbon monoxide poisonings are preventableω Every boater should be aware of the risks associated with carbon monoxide - what it is; where it may accumulate; and the symptoms of CO poisoning. To protect yourself, your passengers, and those around you, learn all you can about CO.

To view NIOSH Engineering Reports on Carbon Monoxide and the dangers please visit the NIOSH website at:

To view The Center for Disease Control's NIOSH information page on Carbon Monoxide dangers, please visit:

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

The must-know facts about carbon monoxide. If you don't recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning, you may not receive the medical attention you need.

Where CO May Accumulate

You're not just at risk inside a boat. Knowing all the possible places where CO may accumulate could save your life.

How to Protect Others & Yourself

CO poisoning is preventable. Here are specific steps you can take to help prevent carbon monoxide from harming you, your passengers, or fellow boaters.

Helpful Checklists and Maintenance Tips

A checklist for every trip, plus a monthly and annual checklist. They're easy for you to print and use.

Reports/ News Articles /Testimonials

The latest reports and studies on carbon monoxide. Also, hear from those who lost loved ones to CO poisoning and those who survived close calls with CO.

Downloadable Educational Tools

Brochures, photos, posters, and other tools to help increase awareness about carbon monoxide and recreational boating.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated healthcare costs related to recreational boating accidents by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include: wearing a life jacket at all times and requiring passengers to do the same; never boating under the influence (BUI); successfully completing a boating safety course; and getting a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) annually from local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons(r), or your state boating agency's Vessel Examiners. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all boaters to "Boat Responsibly!" For more tips on boating safety, visit