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

21st May 2013

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( 25 – 31 May 2013), firefighters will be talking to boat owners in North Yorkshire and the City of York and across the country, 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. 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 www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co)

This year’s Boat Fire Safety Week has the support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Royal Yachting Association and The Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

RNLI Campaign Manager Will Stephens said “The RNLI is happy to support Boat Fire Safety Week.  In 2011 the charity’s lifeboats launched to 90 incidents involving boat fires and a further 81 in 2012.  If we can all help raise awareness of the actions that boat users can take to help prevent fire, and the sources of potential risk, more people can continue to enjoy their boating and avoid a potential tragedy.”

For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe

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