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35 minutes ago, Andy135 said:

An avoidable tragedy. For those who run diesel heaters, check your exhausts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-59167268

That’s really sad. Although I’m confident that my heater draws clean air from outside the engine bay it’s always in the back of my head to a point where I would never sleep with it on. I have a carbon monoxide detector but like anything electrical it could fail. 
Thanjs for posting it’s an important thing for all of us to check. 

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8 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

I have two Honeywell CO alarms fitted. 
5 year battery life and I test them every month. 

Have you ever tested them? Is it possible ? Maybe hold them near the exhaust outlet or something. 
Ive done a lot of confined space training and worked in a lot of hazardous environments. Deaths related to gases are still too common. 

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18 minutes ago, JonC said:

Have you ever tested them? Is it possible ? Maybe hold them near the exhaust outlet or something. 
Ive done a lot of confined space training and worked in a lot of hazardous environments. Deaths related to gases are still too common. 

Yes, a friend of mine and his brother died in their workshop owing to a dodgy parafin heater, 2019 iirc

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1 minute ago, suzook12 said:

Yes, a friend of mine and his brother died in their workshop owing to a dodgy parafin heater, 2019 iirc

That’s so bad because it’s such a simple thing to avoid with an exhaust hose. 

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On 11/4/2021 at 7:58 PM, JonC said:

Have you ever tested them? Is it possible ? Maybe hold them near the exhaust outlet or something. 
Ive done a lot of confined space training and worked in a lot of hazardous environments. Deaths related to gases are still too common. 

wit6h your nolage of this problem would you like to inlighiten us on does and don't on heaters

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11 hours ago, captin slows old outlaw said:

wit6h your nolage of this problem would you like to inlighiten us on does and don't on heaters

I’m not an expert on heaters or have I claimed to be. The main things are simple enough thought, the exhaust must be sound with no leaks and fitted in a way that the exhaust gasses exit the boat outside of the cabin or cockpit area. Also the heated air intake should come from an area where there won’t be any dangerous gasses, i.e. not your engine bay or bilge. 

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25 minutes ago, JonC said:

I’m not an expert on heaters or have I claimed to be. The main things are simple enough thought, the exhaust must be sound with no leaks and fitted in a way that the exhaust gasses exit the boat outside of the cabin or cockpit area. Also the heated air intake should come from an area where there won’t be any dangerous gasses, i.e. not your engine bay or bilge. 

For those that use bunks in their boats, a low level CO2 alarm wouldn't go amiss either if using diesel heaters

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I recently moved my heater, I extended the exhaust with some tube off eBay. It wasn’t any cheaper than the other stuff I bought but it was the shits. I was finishing fitting it at the weekend and it snapped in my hand when bending it. Had this been hidden in the lagging it could cause a problem 

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