Next week is Boat Fire Safety Week. The annual awareness event will be taking place from Monday 27th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 – here’s everything you need to know about Boat Fire Safety Week.
What is Boat Fire Safety Week?
Boat Fire Safety Week is one of the many fire and rescue campaigns run throughout the year by the National Fire Chiefs Council. It’s an annual event that takes place every May to help raise awareness of the fire- and smoke-related risks that boat owners need to be aware of.
During the event, the National Fire Chiefs Council will be focusing on raising awareness of risks among boat owners, as well as educating the public on how to avoid and deal with an incident should one arise. The campaign covers both fire and carbon monoxide, both of which can pose a risk to boat owners in the UK.
Why Boat Fire Safety Week matters
There are currently more than 450,000 motorised boats in the UK, with the number growing significantly. In the past 20 years alone, more than 60 boaters have lost their lives to boat fires and carbon monoxide poisoning on board their boat.
Boat Fire Safety Week aims to raise awareness of the risks that exist on board a boat, as well as educating boat owners on how to prevent and reduce such risks. By doing so, the campaign hopes to decrease the number of fire- and carbon monoxide-related deaths taking place on boats in the coming years.
Risks can include anything from exhaust emissions of inboard and portable petrol engines and generators to problems with solid fuel pipes. During Boat Fire Safety Week, firefighters across the UK will urge the public to check their boats for any potential risks and to make sure they are equipped with the correct safety equipment, especially those who live on board their boats.
How to protect your boat during Boat Fire Safety Week
You don’t need to wait for Boat Fire Safety Week to ensure your boat is equipped with the correct safety equipment, but it’s a good time to double check and make sure everything is in order.
The most important thing the campaign will be recommending is that all boat owners install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Installing them is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against any risks, and is especially true for carbon monoxide, which is invisible and often completely undetectable to the human senses. If you already have both installed, it’s crucial to check that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working regularly.
Firefighters will also be recommending that every boat owner or dweller has a fire action plan. When living in such a small space, it’s important to know how you would escape if the worst should happen. You may also want to keep a copy of your insurance in another place, too, so you will always have a copy should you suffer a fire on board.