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Offline Silky

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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:41:26 PM »
Another death from carbon monoxide on a camping trip - a couple brought their barbecue indoors into their camping pod for warmth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/14/man-dies-carbon-monoxide-camping?newsfeed=true


So easily done without realising the dangers. We've occasionally used our little heater in our tent before bedtime, I've got to confess I really don't know exactly how long these things can run before becoming a danger - quite scary really. We've now got a carbon monoxide detector for the van.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 09:54:03 PM »
How sad  :(

Another point is that it's not just inside the tent that can be a problem, BBQ's left burning near to tents can also cause a problem with carbon monoxide so everyone needs to make sure their BBQ is out completely once finished.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 10:26:04 PM »
I've made a mental note to add this to an info sheet to hand out on our camping trips - we have so many new campers on each trip, it's worth mentioning. To old campers too for that matter.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 11:47:41 AM »
I've made a mental note to add this to an info sheet to hand out on our camping trips - we have so many new campers on each trip, it's worth mentioning. To old campers too for that matter.

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That's a good idea as it's one of those things that just wouldn't occur to most people. It hadn't crossed my mind until the couple of cases in the news last year.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 12:04:23 PM »
The best way to heat your bed when camping - same thing we do on the beach to keep our pockets warm for toastie hands - Nice large round stones in the camp fire or bbq until nice and warm. Then pop 'em in the bottom of your sleeping bag. Just like an old fashioned bedwarmer. And a hot smooth rock in your pocket is very therapeutic too!!  :)
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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 12:26:18 PM »

That's a good idea as it's one of those things that just wouldn't occur to most people. It hadn't crossed my mind until the couple of cases in the news last year.

Mine neither - shockingly. I've been camping for decades and I have to confess I simply didn't recognise the risk and have probably inadvertently put us in risk in the past with a small gas camping heater - it really doesn't bear thinking about.  Fortunately we only used it for an hour or so at a time but what if we hadn't?  **shudder**

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 12:31:18 PM »
As I understand it there's a considerable difference in the gasses produced by gas burners and BBQs
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 12:41:05 PM »
I am pretty sure Lost & Found has a catalytic one so would probably be the best person the answer that one. I just use a thick coat when non electric and halogen with ehu.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 12:52:53 PM »
As I understand it there's a considerable difference in the gasses produced by gas burners and BBQs

You could be right but I wouldn't take the risk.

I've used my gas cooker in the tent to take the edge off the cold before bed sometimes and noticed that it always seemed that the gas was going after 10 mins or so as the flame changed and became very low. I now wonder if this was to do with using it in a confined space as the gas would always seem normal again by the next day.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »
I am pretty sure Lost & Found has a catalytic one so would probably be the best person the answer that one. I just use a thick coat when non electric and halogen with ehu.

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Yes i do have a catalytic heater and i do use it inside my tent as a few on here have found out on a cold evening  :).  I would never leave it on all night  or take it into a sleeping pod
Like many on here i also cook inside my awning (spelling?) 
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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 05:56:49 PM »
I have a camping gas heater.  I use it if it is really cold for about 10 mins.  Point it into  my sons sleeping pod (without him in there) so it takes the edge off the cold before he gets into bed.   I would never use either that, or my camping stove without the porch open.

I would recommend anyone using anything gas purchases a carbon monoxide detector ( better to wake the whole campsite, than not wake up)

I think the stones idea is fantastic, never thought of that before.

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Re: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 01:38:50 PM »
Just had this emailed to me on the dangers of CO when camping.

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