Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Eastbourne firefighters warn boat users of fire dangers

Eastbourne firefighters will be at the Marina this weekend to help keep boat users safe.

It’s part of National Boat Fire Safety Week, which aims to educate those who take to the water.

Crews will be on hand to offer advice from 11am on Saturday 31 May 2014.

Watch Commander Simon Neill, Blue Watch Eastbourne Community Fire Station, said:

“Eastbourne’s Marina is hugely popular. It’s the perfect place for us to talk to people who enjoy getting out on the water. We want to make sure they keep themselves safe and know what to do if the worst should happen.”

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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