"Sacramento – As of May 1 (2005), California boaters will be required to place stickers on their newly purchased boats warning against the threat of marine carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Anthony Farr and Stacey Beckett Boating Safety Act of 2004 requires that a set of carbon monoxide warning stickers be placed on the transom and helm of all new and used motorized boats sold in California. The bill, AB 2222 (Koretz), was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September.
“The important thing about these decals is making sure that people are aware of the danger before the unthinkable happens,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of the Department of Boating and Waterways. “Everyone on a boat needs to know that there is a cloud of carbon monoxide at the back of the boat anytime the engine or generator is running.”
The decals must be approved by the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the state agency responsible for implementing the law. The Department of Motor Vehicles will send the decals out with all new vessel registrations. DBW will also make the decals and accompanying information brochures, available to the public.
“In developing a decal that meets the intent of the law, we collaborated very successfully with industry, boating associations, and the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a single label that will be used nationwide rather than having different labels for different states,” explained Tsuneyoshi. “Having all of the affected parties represented in this process allowed us to share knowledge, experience, ideas and concerns that contributed to developing a more useful decal.”
Effective January 1, 2005, the same law banned “teak surfing” or “platform dragging,” a nationwide fad that involves pulling a person through the boat’s wake while the person holds on to the back of the boat. Anyone who operates a vessel’s engine while someone is holding on to or occupying the swim platform, swim ladder, or swim step on a boat can be fined up to $100. The law provides exceptions for briefly assisting with the docking or departure, exiting or entering the vessel, or engaging in law enforcement or emergency rescue activity.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas in motor or generator exhaust. Nationwide, there were 571 reported boating-related carbon monoxide poisonings, including 113 deaths, between 1990 and 2004. Forty-three of the poisonings occurred in California.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include severe headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, fainting and death. The symptoms can be similar to the effects of intoxication or too much sun, though, and most victims will not recognize the danger before it is too late. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, get the victim fresh air immediately and seek medical care.
For a pamphlet on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and a warning decal, visit www.dbw.ca.gov
, call (888) 326-2822, or write to Department of Boating and Waterways, 2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95815."
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