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Safety Warning Issued To Boat Owners

Fishing Boat

8:29am 30th May 2013

Safety checks are being carried out on boats in Dorset as part of Boat Fire Safety Week.

Dorset Fire and Rescue have teamed up with the RNLI,  the Royal Yachting Association and Coastguard Agency to provide safety leaflets and visits to vessels to help prevent incidents.

Scheme manager Graham Watts says the confined spaces on board means special care's needed to minimise risks, with a mixture of combustbale, cooking and electric equipment close together.

During Boat Fire Safety Week, local boat owners and users are encouraged to contact Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for information and help regarding fire safety on boats. DFRS want to help them protect themselves and their passengers.

This year's Boat Fire Safety Week has the support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Royal Yachting Association and The Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

RNLI Campaign Manager Will Stephens said "The RNLI is happy to support Boat Fire Safety Week.  In 2011 the charity's lifeboats launched to 90 incidents involving boat fires and a further 81 in 2012.  If we can all help raise awareness of the actions that boat users can take to help prevent fire, and the sources of potential risk, more people can continue to enjoy their boating and avoid a potential tragedy."

For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, CLICK HERE.

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