Fire safety precautions before a boat trip
There are many inflammable and combustible materials onboard a boat. In addition to the combination of fuel and electrical equipment, there are many other potential fire hazards, such as the engine and paraffin lamps. Provided your boat is insured, you should be able to claim for fire damage, but human lives are irreplaceable.
Boat fires can be prevented with good procedures and safety measures. These include frequent checks of hoses, fuel connections and propane gas equipment and regular maintenance of electrical equipment. When you are filling up with fuel, always turn the engine off completely, do not smoke while refuelling and wipe clean all oil and fuel spills. Get into the habit of disconnecting the main power supply when the boat is not in use. All motorboats should be equipped with a powder fire extinguisher of a least two kg. A fire blanket is also worth having.
If you were to have an accident on open water and a fire starts, it is important not to panic. In the event of fire:
- Turn off the engine and steer the bow straight into the wind.
- Try to put out the fire with the powder extinguisher or fire blanket.
- Disconnect all systems for fuel, propane gas and electricity.
- Put out smaller fire outbreaks with water.
- Call 110 immediately if you are not able to extinguish the fire.
- Do not jump into the water unless your life is in danger.
- Before any possible jump into the water, make sure EVERYONE is wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and the emergency rescue service has been notified. We recommend you download the Hjelp 113 app which is the easiest way to send your exact position to the emergency rescue service.