Boat Safety Week launches good boat heating advice
Brighton is home to the largest marina in Europe, with over 1,500 berths catering to vessels of all shapes and sizes. At the end of May as part of the annual Boat Safety Week, a couple of local fire crews visited the Marina to speak with owners and crews about how they can keep themselves and their boats safe from the risk of fire. Here’s a brief summary, relevant to all boat owners in any part of the country:
- Don’t barbecue on board! – A lovely sunny day on deck might seem like the perfect opportunity for a BBQ, but the coals give off deadly carbon monoxide, and wind can easily blow embers around creating a serious fire hazard.
- Similarly, boats should be kept well-ventilated at all times to prevent the build-up of gases.
- Only trained electricians should carry out installations, servicing or other electric work.
- Any gas cylinders you carry onboard should be stored outside, securely and upright, in a self-draining and fire-resistant container. Spare petrol must also be kept outside.
- Extinguishers must be kept onboard and checked regularly for any damage or leaks.
- Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in sleeping quarters are a really good idea. Especially if you have a boat heater or other equipment that is being left on overnight. Alarms also should be tested on a regular basis.
- Never leave cooking food unattended, and make sure all hobs have a shut-off valve.
- All furnishings should be made of fire-resistant materials. If you use candles then take extra care to always put them in sturdy containers that won’t tip should the boat roll.
The fire crews also provided a wealth of other advice, particular when concerning fuel safety, such as not letting oil or debris build up in bilges, and being very careful during refuelling. Much more safety information is available here.
Our technicians are regularly employed for marine applications and our Eberspacher boat heating range is very popular, so Hall’s are great supporters of any initiative to make sailing safer.