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Safety advice following boat fire

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At just after 7.30am this morning (Thursday 8 October), Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of an explosion on a boat at Severn Side, Stourport-on-Severn.

Fire crews from Kidderminster, Bewdley, Droitwich, Tenbury and Worcester attended the incident.

HWFRS wants to remind boat owners who use the many miles of rivers and canals across Herefordshire and Worcestershire that fire safety is just as important on a boat as in a home.

Group Commander Adrian Elliott, from HWFRS said: "While boat fires are relatively infrequent in our Service area, they do have the potential for devastating consequences and so we would urge all boat users to take note of the advice above and do everything they can to stay safe."

By following some simple advice and our safety tips, you can ensure your boating activities are safe and enjoyment:

  • Make sure you know your boat and make a fire action plan with everyone in the boat.
  • Fit a smoke alarm that carries an approval mark such as 'kitemark'.
  • Fit a gas and petrol vapour detector alarm in the bilge and even in the cabin space to give you early warnings of dangerous build-ups of explosive gases.
  • Check all appliances are turned off and if possible, close the valve on the LPG cylinders before you go to bed or leave the boat.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Make sure they are put out safely.
  • Keep candles, matches, lighters and other sources of flame out of reach of children.
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out safely – use metal ashtrays.
  • Avoid falling asleep with a lit cigarette – never smoke in bed.
  • Never leave a hot hob unattended especially when cooking with oil or fat. Don't fit curtains or fabrics over hob burners and don't dry tea towels or clothes over a cooker or hob.
  • Ensure you wear appropriate life jackets and have suitable buoyancy aids on board.
  • The use of portable LPG heating appliances is to be discouraged. However, the use of such appliances cannot be ruled out.

In closing Group Commander Elliott said: "This may seem a long list but most of the actions are common sense. If you follow the advice you will help reduce the risk of fire occurring on your boat".

For more safety advice and tips on how to protect your boat from fire visit www.hwfire.org.uk

Issued by
Emma Roberts
Senior Community Risk Administrator
01905 368238.