Boat safety

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Please note: This safety advice is offered as guidance only. If in doubt, Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!

Gas safety

If you smell gas:

  • Turn off the isolation valve, open windows, hatches and doors
  • Turn the engine off
  • Put all naked flames out including pilot lights
  • Do not switch any electrical goods or mobile phones on or off
  • Evacuate the boat if possible

Refuel safely

  • Stop the engine
  • Make sure all naked flames are out
  • Do not leave anyone on the boat
  • Close door and raise awnings to prevent petrol vapour gathering in cabins and cockpits
  • Avoid spillage
  • Never decant petrol on board, in a lock or next to other craft
  • Re-fuel outboard tanks ashore and well away from the boat

Good practice

  • All equipment should be serviced regularly and kept well maintained
  • Switch off appliances when not in use
  • Keep ventilators open and unobstructed
  • Use the bilge blower before you start a petrol-engined boat
  • Make sure solid fuel burners are well ventilated
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located
  • Know how to operate the extinguishers

If there is a fire

  • Alert everyone on board
  • Evacuate to safety
  • Use extinguishers to help you escape
  • If the fire is in the engine space don’t open the main access
  • If you can use an extinguisher safely, do so

Useful links

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200