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20th May, 2019 - 15:52: At 15:52 Dorset and Wiltshire Control received a call for a chip pan f...Read more

20th May, 2019 - 13:51: At 1351 today Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Control received a call to a...Read more

20th May, 2019 - 08:07: Just after 8 o'clock this morning Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Control ...Read more

20th May, 2019 - 00.02am: One fire crew from Corsham have attended reports of a hedgerow on fire...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 06.48pm: Fire crews from Calne and Chippenham have attended a fire involving an...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 06.24pm: Fire crews from Red Hill Park and Ferndown have attended a fire involv...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 2.10pm: Poole - One crew from the Poole fire station were mobilised to a repor...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 12:01pm: Swindon - Crews from the Stratton, Westlea and Swindon Fire stations w...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 01:03am: At 01:03 Fire control took a 999 call to reports of a fire in the open...Read more

19th May, 2019 - 12:21am: At 00:21 Fire control took a 999 call to reports of alarms activating ...Read more

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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