For Fire Safety Month, we thought it was important to share marine fire prevention tips. A fire on a boat can spread fast and when you’re out on the open water, you have limited options to remove yourself from danger. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire from occurring on your next boating excursion:
- Take a safety course including first aid and fire extinguisher use.
- Have multi-purpose ABC fire extinguishers both in and outside the cabin and ensure your passengers know where they are located.
- Make sure you have a communication source in case of emergency.
- Maintain your engine and electrical systems, always use a professional specializing in boat engines to perform maintenance and repairs.
- Make sure ventilation on your boat complies with Coast Guard standards.
- Ensure proper installation and inspection of batteries.
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are a must in the cabin.
Safety When Docked
- Properly store flammable liquids in a safe location.
- Have safety equipment, including fire extinguisher, life vests, and first aid readily available in a dock box in case of emergency.
- Ensure a secure shore power connection. SmartPlug reduces the risk of fire with its triple weatherproof seals, solid sleeve connection,and multi-point locking system.
- Never leave portable heaters or appliances on when you are not on the boat.
- Make sure your marina is supplying you with the proper electrical voltage.
If A Fire Occurs
- Stop the engine immediately.
- Position your boat so that the wind blows the fire away from your boat. This will help prevent the fire from spreading and should minimize smoke inhalation for you and your passengers.
- If possible, separate the fuel source from the fire. For example, shut off the gas to the engine or disconnect the gas tank.
- If possible, extinguish the fire.
- If you cannot extinguish, use a distress signal or radio for help.
When it comes to boat fires, prevention is key. We hope you’ll take the time to review and follow these tips and avoid a fire on your boat.