Fire safety is something that everyone who owns or operates a boat should practice. Each year, boating fires and explosions injure hundreds of individuals and cause millions of dollars in property damage. Fuel and fuel vapors are two of the leading ingredients in all boating accidents involving fires and explosions. Keep fuel and vapors in their proper places and make all of your boating trips fire-safe.
The following inspections need to be done seasonally.
- Inspect fuel tanks. Pay particular attention to bottom surfaces that may have been in contact with bilge water.
- Be sure the fuel fill pipe is securely mounted, grounded, and located where spilled fuel would be directed overboard.
- If a hose or fuel tank is leaking, replace it before using your boat.
- Use only marine-rated parts for repairs.
- Make sure any powered ventilation (a bilge blower) is operating properly.
- Be sure heating and cooking appliances on board are secured and operate properly.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are Coast Guard approved and in working order.
- Take a boating safety course and learn the correct use of a fire extinguisher aboard a boat.
- Repair all bare wires and loose electrical connections.
- Do not store disposable propane cylinders or charcoal lighting fluid on board.
- Conduct a bow to stern inspection checking for fuel leaks.
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