Firefighters will be raising awareness of fire safety afloat as part of National Boat Fire Safety Week which runs from 31st May - 5th June.
During the week firefighters on push bikes will be visiting Hoo Mill Lock, Stafford Boat Club, Haywood Marina and other local boat yards and marinas to offer free Boat Fire Risk Checks.
"Fire safety is just as important on a boat as it is in the home - over the past three years we have attended two fatal boat fires, which highlights why members of the boating need to take fire safety seriously."
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said, "Although boat fires on inland waters are less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences. Boats are often in remote locations with difficult access, which may result in Firefighters taking longer to arrive at an incident and allowing a fire to totally destroy a boat and everything on board.
“As well as taking into account fire safety on the boat we would urge boaters to ensure that they know their location at all times so that in the event of any emergency we can get there as soon as possible."
Boaters interested in receiving free fire safety advice from the Fire and Rescue Service should call 0800 0241 999 (Freephone) to book a FREE Boat Fire Risk Check.