09 May 2014

As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, Northamptonshire County Council's 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.

Background to the appeal

In the past two decades, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.

It's important that boat owners understand these risks and 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.

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. This leaflet, together with Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats, is available at boatyards and marinas.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, Head of Prevention and Community Protection, Area Manager Mark Ainge said “Fire safety is just as important on a boat as it is in the home, and can have devastating consequences, often with the vessel being totally destroyed. To keep safe from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning it is important to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms fitted, so you are alerted early to any danger.”

About Boat Fire Safety Week

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

RNLI Coastal Safety Manager Will Stephens said: “The RNLI is happy to support Boat Fire Safety Week. In 2012 the charity’s lifeboats launched to 81 incidents involving boat fires and a further 77 in 2013. 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.