You should ensure that your boat has suitable fire-fighting equipment on board that will enable you to respond to a small fire and minimise the risk of a fire getting out of control and enable you and your passengers to escape safely.
Many factors need consideration when using portable fire extinguishers on a boat such as appropriate numbers and types of fire extinguisher, the condition of the fire extinguisher and ensuring that they are properly certified. In certain situations a fire blanket may be a more appropriate means of dealing with a fire on a boat such as dealing with a cooking pan fire.
In addition to portable fire fighting equipment carried on your boat, you should also look at means of escape and, in particular, that accommodation areas have at least two possible means of escape. Also, everyone on board should be made aware of the locations of fire-fighting equipment, how to use them and where all the escape points are. These areas should be the key points in your 'Fire Action Plan' and everyone on board should be made aware of it.
If you require further information please contact us for professional advice.
When purchasing fire extinguishers for your boat it is suggested that you refer to 'The Boat Safety Scheme Essential Guide 2nd Edition' which includes a best practice guide for fire safety on boats and upon which any advice we give is based.
Each portable fire extinguisher used should have an individual fire rating of 5A/34B or greater. Details of the number of fire extinguishers and their combined fire ratings are provided in the table below. The minimum number of extinguishers can be reduced by a maximum of one 5A/34B rated extinguisher if the boat/vessel has NO internal combustion engines or NO fuel burning appliances.
You can purchase portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets from us that will enable you to meet the above requirements. Our 1kg Dry Powder and 2 Litre Foam fire extinguishers are suitable for use as described above. Mounting brackets are supplied that are suitable for the majority of required fixings. Please contact us for professional advice. All site surveys and quotes are FREE.
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