Boat Safety Week
Nationally, 60 boaters over the last 20 years have lost their lives in boat fires or incidents on boats involving the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide.
The key message from Boat Safety Week, timed for the start of the boating season, is that owners should understand the risks, make regular, basic checks, and follow their engine and appliance operating guidelines, as the essential steps to deal with the fire and carbon monoxide threat.
Two information leaflets will be available at local boat yards and marinas toalert people to the risks and help them protect themselves and their passengers - the Fire Safety on Boats leaflet provides tips on how to protect your boat and, most importantly, your crew from fire, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out, while the Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats leaflet highlights the safeguards boat owners can take to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
General boat safety advice, including fire safety, is available from the Boat Safety Scheme website at http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safewhile ten top tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide can be seen at: www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co) .
Station Commander Alan Haley 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.”
He also reminded people to make sure they can give a good indication of their location when aboard a boat, explaining that access to rivers and canals can be difficult, but that good directions can help avoid any unnecessary delay in the event of an emergency.