Wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks. Always follow safety guidance before going paddle boarding or kayaking/canoeing.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) want local boat owners to make regular vital safety checks and know about fire and carbon monoxide risks.
Figures issued during Boat Fire Safety Week 2019 show that in the past 20 years thirty boaters in the UK were killed in boat fires and another thirty lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.
The message is that owners should understand the risks, make regular, basic checks, and follow their engine and appliance operating guidelines, as the essential steps to deal with the fire and carbon monoxide threat.
Scottish firefighters regularly talk to boat owners and hand out leaflets to alert people to the risks and help them protect themselves and their passengers.
The SFRS Fire Safety on Boats leaflet provides tips on how to protect your boat and your crew from fire, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out. Other leaflets on Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats are available to download and will be available at boatyards and marinas.
Stand-up paddle board safety:
Water Safety Scotland has produced guidance for all paddle-boarders to take into account before entering water.
The code should be your first port of call when planning any activity.
The Scottish Canoe Association also has a wealth of guidance to keep beginners and experienced paddle-boarders safe.
The below guidance should always be followed by paddle-boarders of all ages and experience levels.
- If you can, always go with a friend. It’s more fun, and they can help you if you get into difficulty.
- If you are going out alone, always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
- Don't leave the house without a mobile phone or communication device. And make sure you keep your phone in a waterproof pouch.
- Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out. Be aware, conditions can change quickly.
- Avoid offshore winds.
- You should always wear a suitable personal flotation device.
- You should always use a paddleboard with an appropriate leash.
The Scottish Canoe Association also has a wealth of guidance to keep you safe.
In addition to the above resources, we would always advise to follow the key guidance below:
- If possible always go with a friend or group. It’s more fun, and they can help you if you get into difficulty.
- If you are going out alone, always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back
- Don't leave the house without a fully charged mobile phone or other communication device.
- Always wear a suitable floatation device.
- Check the weather forecast before setting out.
- Consider buying spare paddles
- Always wear a wetsuit