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Safely Cook Onboard: Essential Tips For Cooking on a Boat!

Do you practise some of these tip?

Cooking on a boat can be a delightful experience, with the soothing sound of water and the picturesque views. However, it's crucial to ensure that your culinary adventures on board are as safe as they are enjoyable. Here are some important safety practices to keep in mind and allow safe cooking onboard.

preparing to cook
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Galley Organisation

Begin by organising your galley (the boat's kitchen) efficiently. Store pots, pans, and utensils securely to prevent them from sliding or falling during rough waters or a windy day on inland water ways. Use non-slip mats in drawers and cabinets.

Secure Cooking Appliances

Make sure your cooking appliances, such as stoves and ovens, are securely mounted and have proper gimbals or fiddles to prevent pots and pans from tipping over.

Fire Extinguisher Access

Always have a fire extinguisher within easy reach of the galley. Familiarise yourself with its operation, and ensure it's in good working condition. Don't forget about the fire blanket or a firexo pan fire sachet.

First aid kit

Always remember that having a first aid kit on your boat is essential, but knowing how to use its contents is equally important. Crew members should be familiar with the kit's contents and basic first aid procedures.

Use Lids and Splatter Guards

When cooking, use lids on pots and pans to prevent splatters. This not only helps with cooking but also reduces the risk of oil or grease-related fires.

Take it in turns

Avoid overcrowding the galley, as it can make it difficult to manage a cooking fire. Cook in shifts if necessary, with one person responsible for the galley at a time. due to the space in a boat it might be worth while making it a child free zone while cooking.

Check Fuel Lines and Propane Systems

Regularly inspect fuel lines and propane systems for leaks. Ensure they are properly maintained and follow safety guidelines for their use. Ventilate the galley well to disperse any gas buildup.

Cook with Care

Be mindful of your cooking techniques. For instance, use pot holders and oven mitts specifically designed for boat use. Always try to use the back burns on the hob. When opening hot ovens or stovetops, be cautious of your surroundings to prevent burns or accidents.

Store Flammable Items Properly

Keep flammable items like cleaning supplies and paper towels well away from the cooking area. Store them in a dedicated and safe location.

Use Microwave Safely

If you have a microwave on board, use it carefully. Ensure it's placed securely, and don't overheat food or liquids, which can cause spills and burns. If a fire breaks out in the micro wave the best way to extinguish it is to turn it off at the mains and leave the door shut, the fire should be contained and go out by itself very quickly.

Maintain a Fire Watch

While cooking, designate someone as a "fire watch" or a friendly watch the dinner shout out if you need to leave the kitchen, let them monitor the cooking area and be ready to react in case of a fire. They should know how to use the fire extinguisher and where safety equipment is located.

Clean Up Promptly

After cooking, clean up spills and food scraps immediately. Grease buildup can be a fire hazard, and a clean galley is a safe galley.

Educate Passengers and Crew

Ensure that everyone on board, whether passengers or crew, understands the basic principles of fire safety in the galley. Conduct safety drills to practice what to do in case of a kitchen fire.

Practice Safe Cooking Techniques

Use stable, non-slip cookware and utensils. Keep pot handles turned inwards and use oven mitts when handling hot dishes. Roll up your sleeves as loose fitting clothing can catch fire. Minimise distractions while cooking, as focus is essential.

By adhering to these safe cooking practices on your boat, you can enjoy delicious meals without compromising safety. Remember that fire prevention and preparedness are paramount when you're out on the water, and a well-maintained galley can make all the difference in ensuring a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

Firexo pan fire sachets! if a pan fire breaks out turn off the hob, slip a sachet into the pan and stand back! once the fire is out and cooled you can easily clean the pan out and start cooking again.


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