Carbon monoxide and the dangers

Motorhome Hire is a well established team that acts a middleman for you to source the best vehicle. We offer advice on what motorhomes to choose, and also places that you can visit! We not only source vehicles in the UK, but worldwide too.

Being a source for hiring motorhomes means we have to know all the ins and outs of the business. So for this reason, we have chosen the topic of Carbon Monoxide (CO) risks and motorhomes. The gas is produced when a fuel (such as charcoal), burns incompletely. This may be because an appliance isn’t functioning properly, or that’s just its normal function.

Carbon Monoxide is dangerous because it is odourless, colourless, and extremely poisonous. It can kill swiftly, especially if you are asleep. Smaller concentrations of it can give similar symptoms to food poisoning and flu.

So, here are some safety tips to prevent exposure to CO from ever occurring:
- Never use an appliance that burns fuel in your tent or awning. Gas and kerosene heaters should never be used inside, unless they are fitted in a caravan or motorhome. People tend to do this when trying to create warmth, but don’t do it!
- Same applies when using a barbeque – do it outside!
- Never run a petrol or gas powered generator in a caravan or motorhome. Make sure that the fumes don’t blow in either.
- Don’t cook inside of your tent or awning. This doesn’t necessarily apply to motorhomes, because they generally have a built-in cooker. But it’s still important to take care regardless.
-  Don’t use any other gas, charcoal, liquid fuel appliances inside a tent or awning. Fuel powered lamps still give off CO, so it is important to have good ventilation to prevent it poisoning you.
- Always make sure gas appliances, and other possible CO producing appliances, are serviced regularly.
- And lastly, consider fitting a CO alarm in your motorhome or caravan; this way, if any CO is present it will detect it.

It is important to really take on board this article, as these things can happen. If there are any other queries you have for us here at Motorhome Hire, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!