Fire and Safety Prevention and Protection on a Boat
Fire safety and prevention on a vessel is critical whether you are at a dock on in open waters. Every passenger on the vessel needs to know what to do in case of an emergency or fire.
Your day on the water will be much more enjoyable if you plan ahead. It is a good idea to take safety courses and first aid, fire extinguisher use and safe boating and navigation. You might want to consider asking your family members and frequent boat guests to attend safety courses with you. Make sure that in addition to you, someone else knows how to operate the boat and the radio in case you are unable to do so. Also remember to always plan and record your trip and let non passengers, both family and friends of your plans. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is also a good idea.
Fire and Safety Prevention
Of course the best way to protect you from a fire is to keep it from ever starting. Keep you boat’s engine in good shape and pay special attention to engine compartments where leaks in fuel lines and end fittings and possible frayed wiring may cause a problem. Fix all electrical problems without delay and by a professional electrician. Keep the bilge clean and dry and if you smell fumes when you are not fueling, figure out why right away.
Heat and Passage Way Fire Safety
For heat, do not use propane heaters or portable electric heaters because these items are a high risk fire hazard. Also, keep passage ways clear and store any fuel powered equipment in a separate outside ventilated area.
When you are refueling be careful not to spill the fuel or overfill the tanks. Make sure you turn off the electrical systems and let the engine cool down before you refuel. Using a funnel to fuel will help with any spillage issues. And of course, no smoking when you are refueling and that goes for everyone on the boat and the dock.
There is a reason the Coast Guard has ventilation standards for a boat. Gas fumes can explode so you should always operate the blower for 4 minutes before starting the engine and check the engine compartment bilge for fumes.
Make sure all batteries on board have been installed properly and inspected frequently as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Batteries are most often damaged because of overcharging and overheating.
If a Fire Does Occur on a Boat-Fire Protection
Emergency Procedures should be practiced so that if a fire breaks out on the boat you know exactly what to do. Early access to emergency help is essential so make sure you have open lines of communication at all times.
In a boat fire there may be a variety of different fuels creating the fire so in general, the best choice for a boat fire extinguisher is a multi-purpose ABC Fire Extinguisher. A combination fire extinguisher can be used on electrical fires, flammable liquids, wood, paper plastic and rubber.
Why you Need a Fire Extinguisher on a Boat
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that you have at least one fire extinguisher on board and depending on the size of your boat, you may need more. Even though your boat is surrounded by water, many types of fires that happen on boats cannot be put out with water. You could have an electrical fire or a flammable liquids fire where if water is used it could create a more dangerous situation.
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