Friday, 30 May 2014

Boat Fire Safety Week comes to Brighton Marina

Boat owners and berth users at Brighton Marina will be getting advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service as part of Boat Safety Week.

Crews from Roedean and Preston Circus fire stations will be there on Saturday 31st May 2014 to speak to those who live at or visit the marina.

The awareness campaign is supported by Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton Marina security team, Premium Moorings, Nielson Active Holidays and the Brighton Marina Berth Holders Association.

Top Ten Safety tips

  1. Barbecues shouldn’t be used on boats - hot charcoal gives off dangerous amounts of CO and blown embers could set your boat alight.
  2. Keep cabin ventilation clear to prevent a build-up of toxic CO.
  3. Ensure all hobs have shut-off or isolation valves.
  4. Use a trained marine electrician to install and service electrics.
  5. Store gas cylinders outside, in a self-draining and fire resistant locker. Keep them upright and secured from moving.
  6. Only carry spare petrol if necessary and store it in a self-draining locker or on open deck.
  7. Don’t go to sea without a VHF radio. Have a charged-up, hand-held, waterproof one ready for use at any time.
  8. Check extinguishers on a regular basis for serious dents, leaks and loss of pressure.
  9. Have enough life jackets for everyone on board, and keep them in good condition.
  10. Make sure people know how to close emergency valves and switches in case of fire.

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