Devon and Somerset plays host to a variety of waterways from marinas, canals, lakes, coastal inlets, harbours and quays. This bank holiday weekend is typically when the boat season will be really getting under way. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are working with the Boat Safety Scheme over Boat Safety week – 28 May – 3 June. We are asking all boat owners to ensure their boats are protected by suitable smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Boat Safety Scheme manager, Graham Watts said: “In the past 20 years, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the highly toxic CO gas.
“It’s time everyone in the boating community said ‘no more avoidable tragedies’. Being protected by suitable smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be viewed as a normal part of boat ownership”
The number of fires on boats throughout the coastal and inland waters is relatively low, but when a fire takes hold the consequences are often devastating. Fire can spread very quickly on a boat.
Check your alarms
Maintaining your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on your boat is as important as maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms within your home.
Being aware of the fire and carbon monoxide risks to boat owners will result in a safe summer of sailing. Click for more Boat Safety advice
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