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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is encouraging boat owners to be fire safe and is raising awareness of fire safety on small boats as part of Boat Fire Safety Week which runs 25 May – 31May 2015.
During Boat Fire Safety Week Firefighters will be visiting local marinas across Northern Ireland and will be talking to boat owners and handing out leaflets containing boat fire safety information, to help them protect themselves and their passengers.
Last year, there were 6 incidents of fires on boats, ships and motor vessels which was the same figure for 2013.
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley said:
-Fire safety is just as important on a boat as it is in the home. Although boat fires on inland waters are much less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences.
-Boats are often in remote locations with difficult access, which may result in Firefighters taking longer to arrive at an incident. We would urge all boaters to ensure they have working smoke alarms on board their boat to alert them and their passengers to the earliest stages of fire and just like you would do at home, test the smoke alarms every week. Boaters should also ensure that they fit a suitable fire extinguisher in the engine compartment and cockpit locker. If a fire does occur and is small enough to tackle, boaters should extinguish the fire.
-As well as taking into account fire safety on the boat we would urge boaters to ensure that they know their location at all times so that in the event of any emergency we can get there as soon as possible.”
Reduce the risk from fire by following these simple tips.
If a fire occurs on the marina:
If a fire occurs at sea: