Boat owners urged to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
This week is national Boat Fire Safety week (27 May to 2 June) and crews from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be issuing important safety advice.
Boat owners are being urged to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to ensure there are ‘no more avoidable tragedies’.
Firefighters will be at boating locations around the county to hand out educational leaflets to the public about the risks so they know how to protect themselves.
GFRS will urge all boat users to follow the advice from the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), which is available online and in the leaflets being distributed.
In the event of fire breaking out or carbon monoxide escaping, the critical survival factor will be having suitable working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s important all boat owners are aware of this safety message and act upon it. We want you to have a fun, safe time on board so don’t leave it too late – make sure you install these alarms so everyone can enjoy Gloucestershire’s beautiful river and canal network safely.”
Mark Astle, assistant chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Boat Fire Safety week gives us the opportunity to engage with the boating community and pass on some basic safety tips. If any boat owner doesn’t have a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, they should install them immediately. It could make the difference and save a life.”
Boat Safety Scheme manager, Graham Watts, added: “In the past 20 years, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the highly toxic CO gas. It’s time everyone in the boating community said ‘no more avoidable tragedies’.”
For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe