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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Boat Safety Week

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."

  • Advice will also be provided on general boat fire safety, such as:
  • Fitting a suitable smoke alarm
  • Making a fire action plan
  • Taking extreme care when refuelling with petrol or changing gas cylinders
  • Avoiding using portable gas equipment on board, where possible, and store all gas canisters in special gas lockers or open places where any leaks will flow overboard
  • Checking such items as battery terminals and fuse box connections routinely for damaged strands or signs of overheating
  • Taking care when doing repairs, and keep interiors well ventilated if you’re using adhesives, paints and spirit based products
  • Always keeping your eye on a solid fuel stove when it’s lit, try to avoid leaving the boat with the stove running

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.