Fire Prevention for
We can protect
our marine investments if boat and marina owners work together for fire
prevention. Most boat owners and marina managers don’t start thinking about
fire prevention until after news stories have aired video footage of boats on
fire and interviews with distraught owners.
It makes more sense to
consider preventing fires before they start.
fires originate from an individual boat, so boat owners must take some responsibility
for preventing fires at the source. Here’s a short list of fire prevention tips
to get you thinking about boater fire safety:
most common causes of boat fires are electrical malfunctions, unattended
portable heaters, and poor housekeeping.
marine-approved, Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-approved electrical cords and
it a habit to inspect your electrical cords. Worn or overloaded electrical
cords and shore power connectors are a common cause of boat and marina fires.
leave portable electric heaters running and unattended on your boat.
sure you have a working smoke detector on your boat.
a United States Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher onboard and know how to
use it. Fire extinguishers should be mounted near an exit so you have a way out
if you cannot control the fire.
your part to keep the dock clean and clear. Don’t leave engine parts, tools,
and equipment on the dock.
choosing a marina, check around for fire protection measures like fire
extinguishers, good housekeeping, clear dock passageways, good lighting, and
security. If you don’t feel safe, take your boat and your business elsewhere.
you see a fire hazard or have concerns about the well-being of your boat or
marina, share them with marina management.