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Do You Have A Fire Escape Plan For Your Boat?

If your boat is registered for commercial use then you should have a plan but when was the last time you looked at!

1. Emergency Contacts:

  • Save emergency contact numbers for local marine authorities and the nearest coast guard station in your phone and ensure that everyone on board knows how to use the radio or call for help.

2. Gather Your Crew:

  • In case of a fire, immediately gather all passengers and crew in a designated assembly point. Assign specific roles for each person, such as fire extinguisher operation, radio communication, and assisting others to ensure a smooth evacuation.

3. Locate Fire Extinguishers:

  • Ensure everyone knows the location of fire extinguishers on board. These should be easily accessible and in good working condition.

4. Sound the Alarm:

  • If you discover a fire, immediately activate the boat's fire alarm or horn to alert everyone on board.

5. Extinguish Small Fires:

  • If it's safe to do so, attempt to extinguish small fires with a fire extinguisher. Always approach a fire with caution, keeping a safe distance.

6. Evacuation Routes:

  • Identify primary and secondary evacuation routes. The primary route is the quickest way to reach a safe location, while the secondary route is an alternative in case the primary is blocked.

7. Life Jackets:

  • Ensure that everyone on board is wearing a life jacket. These should be readily accessible in case of emergency.

8. Abandon Ship:

  • If the fire cannot be controlled and is spreading rapidly, initiate an abandon-ship procedure.

  • Launch lifeboats or rafts if available, or prepare to abandon the vessel by jumping into the water.

  • Designate a person to ensure everyone is safely accounted for in the water.

9. Radio for Help:

  • Use the boat's radio to call for assistance. Provide your exact location and the nature of the emergency.

10. Stay Together:

  • In the water, stay together as a group. Hold onto life jackets or any available floating devices to maintain buoyancy.

11. Signal for Help:

  • Use signaling devices, such as flares, whistles, or mirrors, to attract the attention of nearby vessels or rescue teams.

12. Follow Rescue Instructions:

  • Once help arrives, follow their instructions carefully for a safe rescue.

13. Emergency Drills:

  • Regularly conduct fire drills and practice the fire escape plan with your crew and passengers to ensure everyone knows their roles and the procedures to follow in case of a fire.

Remember that safety should always be a top priority when on a boat. Tailor this plan to your specific vessel and its safety equipment, and ensure everyone on board is familiar with the plan. Additionally, it's essential to adhere to local maritime regulations and guidelines.

Creating a plan for your own boat

Narrow boat fire escape plan

Maybe you own a narrow boat or you live aboard one and operate on inland waters! In this case your escape plan will have to be tailored to you. A good idea is to walk through your own boat and discus a plan of action.

On your walk through locate the hazard points that could cause a fire ie, cooking, wood burner and possible candles.

Some quick questions to ask yourself!

Are the fire extinguishers placed near by the fire risk points?

Do you have a fire blanket in the kitchen and is it easy to get to?

Are the exits kept clear and easy to escape from? (no clutter on the steps)

When did you last test your smoke alarms?

Do you know how to operate any fire equipment you have onboard?

Escape Plan Example For a Narrow Boat

1, Your emergency contacts will be 999 to alert the police and fire rescue.

2, In the event of a fire alarm or you discover a fire, alert everyone on board to evacuate and call the emergency services 999.

3, Can you deal with the fire? If it is safe to do so, locate the nearest fire extinguisher and put it out.

4, If its not safe to put out then its time to evacuate through the safest exit (Bow or stern doors)!

5, If need be take a fire extinguisher with you to clear a safe path to escape.

6, Check everyone that was onboard has made it to the bank side and away from the boat.

This is a quick example of a plan but you may wish to create your own! its always better to plan for an event and it never happens then panic if something ever did!!

Some of the fire equipment we own on our boat!

Firexo aims to simplify firefighting by providing a single extinguisher for all types of fires. This can be advantageous for users who may not be familiar with the type of fire they are dealing with or in situations where multiple types of fires can occur.

Easy to Use: Firexo extinguishers are designed to be user-friendly and do not require extensive training to operate. This can make them a good choice for general use in homes, businesses, and other settings.

Efficiency: Firexo is marketed as being more efficient and effective at extinguishing fires compared to traditional extinguishing agents. It can put out fires faster, minimising damage and reducing the risk to people.

Unpredictable fires happen, but being prepared is the key to safety. A Fire Blanket is your first line of defence against small fires at home, in the kitchen, or in the workplace.

Easy to Use: In case of a fire, simply pull the Fire Blanket out of its quick-release pouch and cover the flames. It's so easy, anyone can do it!

Versatile Protection: From stovetop grease fires to electrical fires, the FireGuard Fire Blanket is designed to smother and extinguish a variety of fire types, ensuring your safety.

Advanced Technology: Equipped with cutting-edge sensors, our smoke alarm can detect even the smallest traces of smoke, alerting you to potential danger before it escalates.

Reliable 24/7 Protection: With round-the-clock vigilance, the Fire Angel Smoke Alarm never takes a break, ensuring you and your loved ones are protected day and night.

Easy Installation: No need to be a DIY expert! Our alarm is a breeze to install, and we provide clear instructions for hassle-free setup.

Loud and Clear Alerts: When smoke is detected, the Fire Angel blares a powerful siren that will wake you up from even the deepest sleep.

10-Year Battery Life: Forget about constantly changing batteries. Our long-lasting power source ensures a decade of uninterrupted safety.

Unseen but Deadly: Carbon Monoxide is odorless and invisible, making it a silent threat. Our detector senses even the tiniest trace of this dangerous gas.

24/7 Vigilance: With round-the-clock monitoring, our detector never rests, ensuring your family's safety day and night.

Simple Installation: No need for technical expertise. Our detector is straightforward to install, and we provide clear instructions for a hassle-free setup.

Loud Alarms: When Carbon Monoxide is detected, the Kidde Detector blares a loud, unmistakable alarm to alert you to danger.


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