LOCAL BOAT OWNERS URGED TO WISE UP TO DEADLY FIRE CARBON MONOXIDE RISK & GIVE THEIR BOATS A CHECK-UP FOR BOAT FIRE SAFETY WEEK MAY 25-31.
This yearâ€™s Boat Fire Safety Week (May 25-31) message for local boat owners is to learn more about fire risks and carbon monoxide (CO) and make vital safety checks to stay safe.
The Broads Authority, which the navigation authority for the broads, is directing boat owners to information that could help save lives and property.
Across the UK there are on average three boat fires every week. And in the past two months, three suspected CO incidents on pleasure boats has seen a mother and her daughter die, and a further eight people hospitalised.
The â€˜wise-up and stay safeâ€™ message, timed for the start of the boating season, is a simple one - owners should understand the risks, adopt some basic checks, and follow engine and appliance operating guidelines, as the essential steps to deal with any hazards as, or preferably before they arise.
Steve Birtles, Head of Safety Management, explained: â€œMany people do not appreciate the risks associated with boats and their domestic equipment and installations. Even a moderate sized boat can carry diesel or petrol, bottled gas and have both 12v and 240v electrical systems â€“ the way these are handled or the condition of the systems are crucial to stopping fire breaking out.
â€œWe want to drive home the message that CO is a lethal toxin and can be produced by any carbon fuel burning, including from engines, heaters, stoves, fixed and portable gas appliances, generators and even charcoal barbecues.
â€œWe are working with the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), Norfolk Fire and Rescue and the RNLI to alert our boat owners to the risks and advice to stay safe.â€
To help owners counter the risks and stay safe, the Broads authority is pointing boaters to a lot of good advice from the BSS .
He added: â€œFire and carbon monoxide safety on boats leaflets are available and people can read the â€˜10 tips to keep you aliveâ€™ on their smartphones, tablets and netbooks at www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe or call on the Broads Authority on 01603 610734
â€œThis is an important time, as boats are going back onto our waters in the warmer weather. We want users to enjoy the scenery, tranquillity and boating camaraderie, but above all, we want them to stay safe.â€