Boaters are being urged to ensure their boat has suitable smoke and carbon monoxide alarms so they can more safely enjoy their time on the water.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the national Fire Safety Campaign’s Boat Fire Safety Week, which aims to keep those who live on or spend time on boats as safe as possible from fire and poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas.
Timed for the start of the boating season, the campaign reminds boaters how to minimise the risk of fire and CO poisoning, encouraging them to fit suitable alarms to their boat and follow advice from the Boat Safety Scheme.
Boat Safety Scheme manager Graham Watts said: “In the past 20 years, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the highly toxic CO gas.
“It’s time everyone in the boating community said ‘no more avoidable tragedies’. Being protected by suitable smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be viewed as a normal part of boat ownership.”
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