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Wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide (CO) risks

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. 

Carbon Monoxide Safety on Boats

The Boat Safety Scheme have published the top 10 tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide.  You can also find out more information about general boat fire and CO safety.

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