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Boat Fire Safety Week 2017

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is using this year's Fire Kills Boat Safety Week (29 May – 4 June) to promote fire safety to boat owners who use the many miles of rivers and canals across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

In the past 20 years thirty boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives due to the 'silent killer' carbon monoxide.The aim of Boat Fire Safety Week is to raise awareness of how boaters on both coastal and inland waterways can prevent fire and carbon monoxide incidents and how to plan to react if an incident occurs.

The key message, which is timed for the start of the boating season, is that all crew members understand the risks and follow the published advice from the Boat Safety Scheme in its leaflets and on its website www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe

Two information leaflets will be available at local boat yards and marinas to alert 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.

Station Commander Stuart Crebbin 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".