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Smoke alarm reminder for Boat Fire Safety Week


Date: 21st May, 2020

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is using Boat Fire Safety Week (25-31 May) to remind people who live or work on the water about the importance of working smoke alarms.

Although boat fires on inland waters are less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences – in recent years, there have been a number of fire deaths involving people on boats moored along the Kennet & Avon Canal.

In addition, national figures show that more than 60 boaters have been killed in the last 20 years as a result of a boat fire or carbon monoxide incident. CO poisoning is most likely to be caused by the exhaust emissions of portable generators, or problems with solid fuel stoves, including flue pipes.

Ian Hopkins, Prevention Delivery Manager for DWFRS, said: “We know that boats carry a very high fire risk, and it is vital that boaters do all they can to protect themselves. Firefighters and Safe & Well Advisors do travel along the towpaths when they can to raise awareness, but Boat Fire Safety Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the help available and hopefully reach as many people as possible.”

Boat visits have been limited by the current restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, but boat safety packs are available at marinas along the canal and advice can also be given over the phone.

The Service is asking anyone who lives or works on a boat to:

To request boat safety advice, call the Service on 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits

For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe

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