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Wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks

26th May 2015

As part of the national Fire Kills campaign North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Boat Safety Scheme are asking local boat owners to make vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks to stay safe this summer.

In the past 20 years thirty boaters were killed in boat fires and another thirty lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.  The message, 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.

During Boat Fire Safety Week,  firefighters will be talking to  boat owners across North Yorkshire, handing out leaflets 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 your crew from fire, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out.  This leaflet together with Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats is available at boatyards and marinas. 

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

 For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit






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