Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has joined up with the Broads Authority to says wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks
As part of the national Fire Kills campaign Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Broads Authority 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.
In the past 20 years thirty boaters were killed in boat fires and another thirty lost their lives to the â€˜silent killerâ€™ carbon monoxide.
The message, timed for the start of the boating season, is that owners should understand the risks, 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.
During Boat Fire Safety Week, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Community Volunteers will be talking to boat owners in some Areas handing out leaflets to alert people to the risks and help them protect themselves and their passengers.
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.
People can also get safety advice on the go, with the top 10 tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide available for smartphones, tablets and laptops at www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co)
This yearâ€™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, â€œThe RNLI is happy to support Boat Fire Safety Week. In 2012 the charityâ€™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 tragedyâ€
Steve Birtles, Broads Authority Head of Safety Management, said: â€œFires can easily take hold on boats and spread between closely moored vessels so taking simple steps to prevent fire is absolutely vital.â€
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