Boat owners on Windermere are being warned to carry out safety checks on their vessels and make sure they're in full working order ahead of the boating season.
The warning from lake wardens follows the 2013 Windermere tragedy when a mother and daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty generator on a private boat.
SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson explained the most common problem the wardens are called out to are over-heated engines after winterisation.
He says it is essential to have all engines checked and serviced.
SLDC's Lake Wardens have this boat check list:
- Check the water tank
- Test carbon monoxide sensor
- Check the skin fitting
- Check gas and electrical systems -check them regularly and make sure there are no leaks
- Check the engine and have it serviced
- Check life jackets and make sure theyare in date - check them annually
- Test smoke alarms - fire can spreadquickly on a boat, even on water
Firecrews are reminding households in Cumbria that carbon monoxide detectors save lives after a potential tragedy was averted last month.
Firefighters attended a report of a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm sounding at a property in Marks Avenue, Carlisle on Friday August 23.
The boiler was found to be leaking, which without the alarm could have gone undetected.
45 year old Chris Bainbridge was found dead at the Quiet Site CaravanPark in Wattermillock on the banks of Ullswater on Monday afternoon.
His wife Jane Bainbridge, who's 43, was taken to the Cumberland Hospital in Carlisle and is in a serious condition.