Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and the Boat Safety Scheme are encouraging all boat owners to ensure they make their vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks, to stay safe this summer when on the water.
In the past 20 years thirty boaters were killed in boat fires and another thirty lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide. With the boating season just getting under way, the fire service is keen that owners understand the risks, and make regular basic checks, by following their engine and appliance operating guidelines they will be taking essential steps to deal with the fire and carbon monoxide threat.
When a fire occurs on a boat its impact can be devastating, often leading to the vessel being destroyed. Follow our simple top tips to keep your boat and those on board safe, or download our handy booklet and keep it on your boat to remind yourself of our key tips.
Fire can spread quickly on a boat even on water. The following advice and guidance will ensure you stay safe.
Carbon monoxide (CO) & gas detectors
Cooking on board
People can also get safety advice on the go, with the top 10 tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide available for smartphones, tablets and laptops at www.boatsafetyscheme.org/CO.
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