Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

Ship shape, are you checking your boat?

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is asking all boats owners to make vital safety checks this summer, as well as learning more about fire and carbon monoxide risks, to stay safe.

Working with the Boat Safety Scheme, GFRS is holding two special events, where community safety advisors and operational crews will be talking to boat owners and providing information to educate owners and help them protect themselves and their passengers.

In the past 20 years, 30 boaters have been killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the 'silent killer' carbon monoxide.

Boat Fire Safety week runs from 30th May - 5th June, for the start of the boating season, encouraging boat owners to understand the risks of fire and carbon monoxide on a boat, as well as the need to make regular, basic checks, and follow their engine and appliance operating guidelines.

A Fire Safety on Boats leaflet, which will be handed out by crews, provides tips on how to protect your boat and your crew from fire, as well as what to do if a fire breaks out.

The first event will take place on Thursday 2nd June from 10am at Tewkesbury Marina, and the second event will take place at Lechlade Marina and The Trout Inn at St John's Lock on Friday 3rd June from 4pm.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Boat Fire Safety week is a great chance for us to offer extra awareness to boat owners and users."

"You may think that this is something that will never happen to you, but in the event that it does, are you prepared? I hope that people take advantage of the support available and attend one of these events."

People can also get safety advice on the go, with the top ten tips to keep you safe from carbon monoxide available for smart phones, tablets and laptops at www.boatsafetyscheme.org/CO and petrol safety tips at http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/PetrolSafety.

Ends

12th April 2016

Issued by: Matt White, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093, email: matt.white@gloucestershire.gov.uk