Over the past five years at least six people across the UK have died in fires on their boats, these people could have survived if their boats had correct and working smoke alarms fitted.
Several boats may not have been destroyed if owners had got an early enough warning to call the fire and rescue service and prevent the fire from spreading throughout the vessel.
For boats, optical sensor alarms with hush buttons and sealed for life batteries are recommended as are choosing those with a British Standard ‘Kitemark’ or a LPCB ‘Horseshoe’ mark. As with smoke alarms in the home, alarms should be tested regularly and should never be disconnected.
Our key messages are to:
- Fit a suitable smoke alarm and test it regularly
- Make an escape plan
- Know your location so you can tell the operator in an emergency
- Follow the fire prevention advice from the Boat Safety Scheme