Firefighters reach out to
boating community during Boat Fire Safety Week
FIREFIGHTERS from Merseyside Fire
and Rescue Service will be reaching out to the boating community across the
county this 'Boat Fire Safety Week' to help prevent on board
deaths from fires and carbon monoxide.
The national Fire Kills Boat Fire Safety Week, which runs from 29 May 2017
to Sunday, 4 June 2017, will see firefighters visit boat owners in
Liverpool's Albert Dock, Salthouse Dock and Canning ½
Tide Dock to hand out leaflets about carbon monoxide and fire safety on
boats, to inform crew members of risks and give advice on how to protect
An awareness event will also be held between 6pm and 8pm, at Liverpool
Marina, on Wednesday, 31 May 2017, for Marina members.
Firefighters and representatives from the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency will hand out free carbon monoxide and smoke
alarms and deliver a presentation about boat fire and CO safety.
Timed for the start of the boating season, the message of the campaign is
that all crew members should understand the risks and follow the published
advice from the Boat Safety Scheme, which can be found
Gary Oakford, Group Manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:-
"Across the UK, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires in the last 20
years and another 30 lost their lives to highly toxic gas. We are looking
forward to engaging with members of the boating community during Boat Fire
Safety Week, to give them help, advice and support about how to stay safe on
board their vessels. Working smoke and CO alarms are critical in preventing
unnecessary deaths and we will be making these available to members of
Liverpool Marina. We would urge all members of the boating community across
Merseyside to visit the Boat Safety Scheme
website for tips and advice about how to
reduce the risk of boat fires and stay safe."