PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
830 AM CDT SUN MAY 17 2009

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

EVERY BOATER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING. CARBON MONOXIDE IS A COLORLESS...ODORLESS AND
TASTELESS GAS PRODUCED WHEN A CARBON-BASED FUEL SUCH AS GASOLINE OR
PROPANE BURNS. CARBON MONOXIDE CAN BE EMITTED FROM BOAT ENGINES AND
GAS GENERATORS. CARBON MONOXIDE FUMES CAN HARM OR EVEN KILL YOU
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE YOUR BOAT. IT ENTERS YOUR BLOODSTREAM THROUGH THE
LUNGS...BLOCKING THE OXYGEN YOUR BODY NEEDS. EARLY SYMPTOMS ARE
OFTEN CONFUSED WITH SEASICKNESS OR INTOXICATION. PROLONGED EXPOSURE
TO LOW CONCENTRATIONS OR SHORT EXPOSURE TO HIGH CONCENTRATIONS CAN
KILL YOU. EVERY BOATER NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING. KNOW WHERE AND HOW CARBON MONOXIDE MAY
ACCUMULATE IN AND AROUND YOUR BOAT. MAINTAIN FRESH AIR CIRCULATION.
INSTALL AND MAINTAIN CO ALARMS INSIDE YOUR BOAT.

THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL
AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16 THROUGH 22.

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