Fire can be a dangerous and terrifying event, but its effects become even more serious when escape is either difficult or leads to a place of other danger. Reduce the risk from fire by following these simple tips.
- Fit a smoke alarm.
- Ensure furnishings, foam and insulation are fire retardant.
- Make a fire action plan and ensure your crew are aware of what to do if there is a fire.
- Fit a fire extinguisher in the engine compartment and the cockpit locker.
- Contain and vent battery boxes.
If a fire occurs on the marina
If safe to do so, isolate gas and fuel supplies.
Evacuate the craft and ensure all the crew are wearing life jackets.
Warn neighbouring craft.
If a fire occurs at sea
- Only tackle a fire if it is safe to do so.
- Contact the Coastguard/Fire & Rescue Service.
- Identify position or give landmarks.
- Ensure all crew are wearing life jackets.
- Prepare emergency grab bag (flares, VHF radio, compass) and life raft.
- If safe to do so, isolate gas and fuel supplies.
- Do not open the engine panel.
- Only as a last resort abandon ship.
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