We’re encouraging boat owners and houseboat residents in North Yorkshire to make fire safety a priority when you are out enjoying time on the water.
Even a small fire on board your vessel could very quickly lead to serious injury or even death as a result of explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Much of the general fire safety advice we offer to you for your home also applies to your boat, but there are a number of specific further precautions we recommend you take:
- Install a smoke alarm – this will give you a vital early warning if a fire breaks out
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm – Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, make sure you have an alarm and its working
- Plan an escape route – make sure everyone on board knows what to do and where to go
- Know how to safely isolate any fuel, electrics, and LPG installations – this will be useful in an emergency.
- Safely store flammable liquids – make sure they are away from naked flames and heat sources
- Site fire extinguishers in suitable places – should be easy to reach, visible and near key areas such as engine compartments and escape routes.
More information is available from the Boat Safety Scheme website