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Carbon monoxide

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 intoxication.
  • CO can affect you whether you're underway, moored, or anchored.
  • You cannot see, smell, or taste CO.
  • CO can make you sick in seconds. In high enough concentrations, even a few breaths can be fatal.

Most important of all, did you know carbon monoxide poisonings are preventable. 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.

Downloadable Educational Tools

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