May 31, 2006
Fire! No Joking Matter
This is no joking matter. One of the worse things that can happen while on a boat is to have a fire. Although rare, fires on board can happen. However, like anything, being well prepared can help to avert a disaster. You should and must always carry a fire extinguisher.
If you have a fire on board:
Stop the boat immediately.
Radio for help.
Turn off all electrical power.
If it looks like there could possibly be an explosion, get all passengers in life preservers and have them swim clear of the boat. Otherwise, if there's time, move the boat so fire is downwind so flames spread slowly. If the fire is from anything other than gas, oil or grease, water will extinguish it. However, if it fuel by gas, oil or grease, use your fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers are not all alike. Different size boats require different types, sizes and numbers of extinguishers. Consult your local Coast Guard to ensure you have the right kind.
Posted by ribcraftusa at May 31, 2006 02:42 PMBack To Index