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Boat safety


We’re encouraging boat owners and house boat residents in North Yorkshire to be Water Smart and make fire safety a priority when you are out enjoying time on the water.

Even a small fire on board your vessel could very quickly lead to serious injury or even death as a result of explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Much of the general fire safety advice we offer to you for your home also applies to your boat, but there are a number of specific further precautions we recommend you take:

Install a smoke alarm

By fitting and regularly testing a smoke alarm on your boat you’re giving yourself vital early warning of a fire breaking out. We recommend you consider fitting an alarm in any confined area that could quickly fill with toxic smoke. Alarms should be mounted on the deckhead or ceiling, 30cm from the cabin sides and within five metres of each protected area of the vessel.

Carbon monoxide alarms save lives

For boats with fuel burning appliances, an engine or generator aboard,  fit a suitable audible carbon monoxide alarm for an added re-assurance. Fit alarms that meet BS EN 50291-2; as these are best suited for boats.

Visit the Boat Safety website for further information

Plan an escape route

Ensure that everyone on board your boat knows how to get out in the event of a fire. Wherever possible identify a secondary escape route in case your first choice route is blocked. Ensure any windows or hatches you need to get through are easily opened and are big enough to fit through.

Know how to safely isolate electrical, fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) installations

Being able to isolate the supplies of fuel in the event of a fire on your boat could provide you with valuable time to make your escape to safety.

Safely store flammable liquids

Make sure that any flammable liquids or sources of flammable vapour are stored safely away from sources of ignition. Pay particular attention in areas where flammable vapours could accumulate, such as in living areas.

Site fire extinguishers in key places

 Position extinguishers in easy to reach locations around your boat and in key risk points such as the engine compartment and galley, as well as close to escape routes.


Find links to more boat and water safety information 

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