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Fuel Safety Precautions

Post  sangbmt on Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:44 pm

Fuel Safety Precautions

Any enclosed space that contains fuel-burning engines or appliances should be well ventilated. In addition to the fire hazard, fuel-burning apparatus can pose an unseen threat - Carbon Monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas, can build up undetected below deck. If your boat has accommodations and is fitted with an inboard engine, generator or fuel-burning appliances, install a Carbon Monoxide Detector close to where people will be sleeping.

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Enclosed gasoline engine and fuel tank compartments must be fitted with a blower and an under way ventilation system in accordance with the Construction Standards for Small Vessels. New provision of The Small Vessels Regulation require "The Blower to Be Operated For At Least FOUR (4) MINUTES Immediately BEFORE Every Start-Up" if your boat is so equipped.

Fuel-Burning Appliances

While on your boat, you must attend to an open flame heating, cooking or refrigeration system that uses gaseous fuel. Gas fumes and leaking propane or butane are all heavier than air and will flow rapidly into the lower parts of the boat. These substances are extremely difficult to remove and are highly explosive.

Adequate ventilation is a must for gas-burning appliances with a pilot light. Also, any portable cooking or heating appliance should be secured to guard against leakage due to any unexpected movement of the vessel. Be sure that the fuel-burning equipment installation is in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended practices.
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