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28th November, 2020 - 17:22: 17:22 Both Crews from Sturminster Newton and a crew from Shaftesbury a...Read more

27th November, 2020 - 6.26pm: Poole - One crew from the Poole fire station were mobilised to a repor...Read more

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26th November, 2020 - 3.23pm: Bournemouth - One crew from the Christchurch fire station were mobilis...Read more

22nd November, 2020 - 11:19: 2 crews from Chippenham Fire Station have attended an RTC in Yatton Ke...Read more

22nd November, 2020 - 09:19: Blandford have attended alarms activating at a residential building in...Read more

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Boat safety

Boat safety is a priority in Dorset and Wiltshire, as hundreds of people live and work on our waterways, in addition to the thousands of visitors who come each year to enjoy a peaceful holiday in our seaside towns or aboard a narrowboat.

The dangers

In the past 20 years, national figures show that 60 boaters have been killed 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.

Although boat fires on inland waters are less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences. Boats are often in remote locations with difficult access, which may result in firefighters taking longer to arrive at an incident and allowing a fire to totally destroy a boat and everything on-board.

Top tips

Our Safe and Well visits include people who live on boats – click here to request a visit.

See also:

The Fire Kills campaign has produced a handy leaflet on Boat Safety

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

For broader safety advice, visit the Maritime & Coastguard Agency website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution www.rnli.org

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